I don’t know how you manage yours, but the state of my inbox often mirrors the state of my fridge. It all revolves around your definition of fresh. I don’t always often send fresh responses the way I’d like to. Periodically I take time and write dozens of apologetic notes: supplying addresses needed a month ago, the name of the book I think the writer wanted, thanking someone for a great quote, asking a question, responding to a line that I really liked…you know!
The good part of this pathetic non-system is that I get to ponder all the good stuff more than once. Here are a few things I copied into my journal, all from normal, everyday, unpublished friends.
That price is walking beside them and helping shoulder the burdens they carry. Loving them, laughing with them, encouraging them, carying with them, praying for them, caring about them…whatever it takes. ~ MAS
I have to say that I am enjoying growing old. It’s wonderful to grow old with a man you are in love with – to watch children mature, not just physically but spiritually, desiring to give Christ preeminence in their lives. I’m thankful for everyone’s health and safety and for all the numerous blessings I enjoy. ~ MDC
The Lord kindly made up for being so far from my British blood family by giving me “friends of my right hand” as Madeleine L’Engle would say. ~ FP
Aren’t those wise words?
Do you use folders to separate your emails by sender? Years ago, my son took one look at my inbox and said, “Mom, you NEED folders” and proceeded to set them up for me. I don’t put an email into a separate folder until no further action is needed.
Occasionally, when I get just plain weird, I sort through my Sent folder, deleting trivial emails and putting other ones in folders too. That way emails sent and received to the same person are all together. I’ve never had zero emails in my Inbox and Sent folder, which would be the apex of organization. For one moment. It’s a happy thought.
What’s your email system?