When was the last time you received a letter? No, I am not talking about any document generated with the aid of a computer or typewriter (they still make them don’t they?). I am referring to an honest to God letter penned by someone’s hand. I am talking about a letter someone who thought of you, took the time from their busy schedules, pulled out pen and paper and hand wrote you a letter. Before the age of computers, letter writing was our means of saying I’m thinking of you, I am worried about you, you mean so much to me or I love you. I don’t know about you, but going to the mailbox and finding a handwritten envelope with my name on it created excitement and anticipation. Well, I give you the perfect opportunity to elicit similar feelings in someone you love and care about.
As an initial matter, it is not my idea. I was reading one of my go-to by Flora Bowley, an amazing artist, teacher and author. The post was about a project she created and in which she herself is participating. The project is “A Heart to Hand: A Love Letter Project.” It began December 1st, so as usual, I am late to the game. Nevertheless, needn’t matter. The purpose of the project is “
“all about letter writing which also happens to be all about slowing down, mindfulness and gratitude. So, for each day of December, I will write a hand-written letter to someone I love. I have no list of people in mind to receive these letters. Instead, I plan to sit down everyday, meditate for a few minutes and allow someone I love to float into my heart and mind. “
It is all about making the recipient feel special knowing you took the time to write more than a card or email to them in this age of immediacy and computers. It is about showing gratitude and saying thank you while you have the chance. It about slowing down, making a cup of tea or coffee, lighting a candle and making it a sacred act of being in the moment. It is about choosing the way is right for you to meet the objective — a letter pouring out your heart to someone in your life to whom you have something special to say. We think we have all the time in the world, but all too often, unexpected events harshly remind us ‘later’ may never come, and even the best of intentions are subject to chance. We are only promised this moment, so let’s make something of it.
As Flora points out, “Whether it’s a month of letters or just a few, let’s all take some time to sit down, slow down and express our love and gratitude to the people who mean the most to us.” So grab your favorite pen and paper and just do it. Whose face floats into your mind?
For more information on the project go here.
- The Lost Art of Letter Writing. ~ Paige Vignola (elephantjournal.com)