Back when my dance with cancer began, I sent a lot of emails to people, telling them The News, telling them what my schedule was going to be and when I’d be out of action, telling them how I was doing.
Many of the people I was emailing were friends, so I signed off my emails with a simple, ‘Love, Stephanie x’. But there was another swathe of people – colleagues, friends-of-friends who got in touch to offer encouragement, support, and ‘my-Mum-had-it-and-she’s-just-off-to-bag-another-Munroe’ stories – who I couldn’t, hand on heart, reply to and sign off with ‘love’. (Often, we’d never met.) And, given the nature of the emails we were exchanging, ‘best wishes’ didn’t quite fit the bill, ‘regards’ were too formal. After a few emails I hit on exactly what I wanted to say. And I still say it.
So, if you get an email from me, and we don’t really know each other, there’s a good chance I will sign it off, ‘Be well, Stephanie’. That ‘be well’ seems to me to be exactly the right thing to wish someone I don’t know. It’s more personal than ‘regards’, more relevant – especially if the email has been about cancer – than ‘best wishes’. And I like to think about these small aspects of life – the little places we can make a difference. Whenever I type ‘be well’ I mean it, from my heart, and I hope that my little benediction hits the spot at the other end, and makes a little bit of wellness there. When I sign books, I put a little ‘be well’ in there too.
How do you sign off your emails?