I was watching today about the US Postal Service. The talk is that they may cut down to running five days a week instead of six. The "experts" on the news were saying that if they go through with it, they'll go under. That the people will turn to other carriers.
Now, I don't really care all that much about it. The only time I really use the US Postal Service anymore is to send my tithing and Christmas cards, and occasional other things. But I was really bothered by a part of the story. At first they were talking about how we all pay our bills online so that really cut down on their business. But then they said "We used to sit down and write Grandma a letter, now she gets an email." All of the sudden I was really upset. I began to think about when the last time was I wrote a letter.
I don't remember the last time I wrote a letter.
Over the last few days I've been converting old cassette tapes to CD on the computer. Today I have focused on all of my old southern gospel music. Yes, I'm a Mormon. Yes, I love southern gospel music. Old southern gospel music. My maternal grandmother joined the church when my mom was like 8. Before that they were Southern Baptist. All of Grandmama's family is still Southern Baptist. (and some of the best people I've ever known) One of their favorite things to do was get together and attend the Southern Gospel Convention in Nashville every year. So I sort of grew up with it, too.
But I digress.
As I've listened to this music today, and then read about the US Postal Service, I was struck with a deep desire to.....slow down. So much of what we're losing in my generation, and especially my kids' generation, shouldn't be lost. A basic goodness. Forgetting what the world thinks, and focusing instead on what the Lord thinks. Reaching down to lift others. Learning to stop once in a while. To enjoy quiet. To spend time around the dinner table with our children. To teach them values and principles and truth. To teach them to put others before themselves. To remember those who may be lonely or in need. We need to teach them to send Thank You cards, not emails.
Sitting on the porch swing visiting with my kids won't change the world. It won't guarantee world peace, it won't improve the economic crisis.
But it's a great place to start.