Anyone who knows me-knows that I am a huge advocate of the handwritten personal note– everyday is an opportunity to thank someone in your personal and business life for something — and I call it a very low cost investment plan. The rewards that come back over time are priceless.
Today is Thank a Mailman Day! In 1775, the Second
Continental Congress established the Constitutional Post—the first organized
mail service in America. Before this act, people relied on friends, merchants,
or private messengers to carry their letters. It was an unreliable system, and
colonial British postal inspectors often intercepted confidential messages.
As the nation’s first Postmaster General, Benjamin
Franklin established many of the conventions we are accustomed to today,
including a standardized rate chart based on weight and distance. Before the
invention of the stamp in 1847, the writer could pay the postage in advance or
leave it for the recipient to pay upon delivery!
Over the past two centuries, the Postal Service has grown
and changed dramatically, but its mission of promoting free and open
communication has remained the same. To celebrate Thank a Mailman Day, take a
moment to appreciate this historic service and thank your mail carrier the next
time you see him or her!
*** I know the terrific mail carrier in my building and always talk to Pablo when I get the chance and say thank you. Just this past Saturday, I was meeting friends for brunch and there on the street a few hours early was Pablo and I introduced him to my out of town friends– and said " You know–All those notes that I send you, my friend Pablo here makes sure they get delivered!"