There are many who say email is dead.
Yes, certain kinds of email are definitely dead. The kinds that selfishly ask us for a click, a favor without a real explanation, money without trust and attention without a relationship – we’ve learnt to recognize them from afar and they are generally dead on arrival. Thank god for that. We don’t need more of those.
But, the generous compliment, the kind note, the thoughtful ask, the intelligent discussion, the love-filled wish – they are all alive and well. These are the sort of notes which even the busiest of inboxes would love to see. They may not always garner a response (they still do, often) but they are nearly always appreciated.
Generous email is alive. Long live generous email.