The Lost Art of Letter-Writing

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. This week we’re watching writer and social entreprenuer Lakshmi Pratury who remembers the lost art of letter-writing and shares what her father wrote to her before he died. Her heartfelt talk may inspire you to set pen to paper, too.

After two decades in marketing, venture capitalism, and social entreprenuership at companies such as Intel and Global Capitalist Partners, Pratury focused on linking her home country of India more tightly with America. Her firm, Ixoraa Media, runs meetings and events to spark dialogue and make connections. In 2009, she co-hosted TEDIndia and saw such a warm response that she founded The INK Conference, in partnership with TED, that would pick up where TEDIndia left off.

Make time during your busy week to watch this short talk. It’s lovely and inspiring.

My favorite quote from this TEDTalk: “Maybe we all need to leave our children with a value legacy, and not a financial one.”

I love the concept of a value legacy. As we ease our way into Thanksgiving, what kind of legacy do you want to leave? Like Pratury, I hope to publish a book. But what else do I want to leave behind? And what am I grateful for? — even if it’s something as simple as a letter.

What are you most grateful for?

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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