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Writing by Hand

Sometimes you just need to take out your favourite pen and write.

UntitledThis is how I felt at lunchtime today, so I walked to Starbucks, remembering my pens, iPhone and e-reader, but upon sitting down, I realized that I had forgotten an essential piece of technology, my journal.

So, taking a deep breath and a sip of Americano, I read. Not the outcome I was looking for, but satisfying in it’s own right. In this information-soaked age, it is almost impossible to be more than a couple of steps away from something that can rapidly deliver information and/or entertainment. And, perhaps as a result, most people have lost the art of writing out their thoughts or a letter, and even those with the skills find it hard to make the time for these soothing activities.

Almost no-one writes by hand anymore, particularly not in cursive, the very act almost counter cultural, not in some strange Winsten-esque 1984 moment, but more an act of patience and deliberative effort in an age of speed and information overload. Take some time out from your busy day, grab a nice pen and some good writing paper and write out some of your story – it could be good for your soul.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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