February is the month of Love - celebrating love in all its various forms. One of the websites that I came across a couple of weeks ago was something called Love Letters - i was struck by concept of writing love letters and the actually art of writing a letter. Seldom are the days now where we actually mail letters to our friends, family - instead in this day and age, everything is electronized. So when i came across this website http://www.moreloveletters.com/hannahbrencher/ -it intrigued me - What i found out instead was a woman by the name of Hannah Brencher who began writing love letters to strangers on the subways who felt needed a boost. Fresh out of college, trying to find some sort of purpose in this world, she would ride the subway on her way to work and out of that came the idea of sending love letters to others.
- i remember last year when my son was in pre-k - the parents were asked to write a letter to their children about how proud we are of them - reading it out loud to them it was an absolute joy to see their faces light up - when i turned forty - i was so grateful for coming to where i was in my life -but i also knew that i couldn't be there if it weren't for so many people who came across me - some who i may not be in contact with regularly -or some of whom are family ----so i decided to send them notes of thank you - or i guess you would call it " love notes".....for one - it made me reflect back and think back of the memories- it made me appreicate them even further, and it made me honor myself more..... now i am not mentioning this to brag about it, but more so to illustrate that people often don't know how much you mean to them unless we take the time to say it - and often life slips you by and if in the whole span of your life, you don't take the time to really tell the people that influenced you or made you "You" - you have missed out on a great opportunity of connection - they will never know it - words have power and it is important to use it in a positive way.
Think of all the people in your day to day life that you interact with - Make a list - do we take that person for granted - do we say thank you to them - do we acknowledge how they are a part of the process of our life - think about that. Now when you are ready - for the month - send them letters - not email - but handwritten letters - the act of taking the time to write gives you the permission to make time for yourself - it is very easy to send a text, it is very easy to send an email - but writing a note - putting it in the envelope, going to the post office (even if it can be a dreadful experience sometimes) - is all part of the process -
Throughout this month - i will be sending out prompts of suggestions on ideas for writing a love letter - i hope you try to do at least one if not throughout the month.
LOVE LETTER # 1
WRITE A LOVE LETTER TO SOMEONE THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH!!!