Imagine my surprise when I discovered this “love note” (photo above) tucked in my mail amongst the bills, catalogs and fliers! At first glance, I was confused to see this hand written envelope, thinking; it’s not my birthday yet, I haven’t accomplished a feat worth celebrating, there are no other recent milestones reached. Why would someone be sending me a note?! And therein lies the beauty… this love note was written and sent just because.
I savored every moment of this gift… from the happy orange envelope, to pulling out the crimson rice paper and unfolding it in anticipation, to absorbing each lovely word and sentiment. While I read, my husband was peeking over my shoulder. Little did he know that this note was meant for him as well! When I finished reading aloud, he audibly swallowed a lump in his throat and with glistening eyes expressed his gratitude for our kind friends. I on the other hand, had no words that could express my feelings in that moment. I felt a warmth spreading over my entire body, I was enveloped in a hugging embrace. I felt the power of words.
We forget the “power” our words have, both spoken and written. They have the influence to lift another up, to tear another down, to give bits of hope, to rip all hope away, to encourage, to shame, to support, to abandon… All it takes is just one word. It is wise to choose our words carefully, to use them to create a word filled with love, light, peace and hope.
One simple, yet oh so powerful way of doing this? . . . through The Art of The LOVE LETTER!
It’s funny, even before I received this love note, I was already drafting this blog entry, unbeknownst to her. Several months ago I had read about a national movement called “More Love Letters;” a calling to citizens to spread their love in a disconnected world. Their mission completely resonates with my own mission, to spread hope, one person at a time. It’s such a powerfully effective way to spread love on to those we don’t even know and may never meet. And, it’s done anonymously, which I think is beautiful. Check out their website to learn more: http://www.moreloveletters.com/ and to read about dozens of stunning examples of the love letter movement in action.
SO NOW IT’S TIME TO GET STARTED ON SPREADING YOUR LOVE LIGHT!
Sit down and write a love note to someone who is significant in your life. It doesn’t matter the quality of your penmanship, handwritten is always the most meaningful! We live in the age of digital communication, abbreviated thoughts, and deleted sentences. Write something that can be literally held close to the heart, that can be displayed, that can be kept and re-read for years to come. Create a piece of history, build a heritage of friendship.
When writing a love note, whether to someone you know or to someone anonymous, your sentiments don’t have to be lengthy, they should just be thoughtful. If you know them, tell them you love them and mention one or two things that are unique to that person, ways they light up the world around them. If that person is in a place of hurting or pain, send them a few words of encouragement, let them know you believe in them, and that they are not alone. Tell them how much they mean to you.
If you are writing an anonymous note, you can use the guidelines from “The World Needs More Love Letters.” Or, even better, you can write whatever is in your heart. Breath and say a small prayer of gratitude first, and then let the Universe speak through you. I believe that you will intuitively write exactly what the recipient needs to hear. Don’t include personal information; just let them know that the world loves them, and that they have a unique role to play. Encourage them to let their inner light shine and to spread happiness and hope to others. You may want to remind them that if they are struggling today, it will pass… to hold on and never give up!
The most important element of the anonymous love letter? The envelope! Make sure it is bright and eye catching. Write in large letters, both to catch someone’s eye but also, so that it (hopefully) won’t get thrown away. See my personal example and others on the love letter site to give you inspiration. Are you artistic? Include a drawing. A photographer? Add a picture. The ideas are endless! Embrace this activity and most importantly, pour a ton of love into whatever you create, whatever you write! That passion will shine through.
Where to leave the letter? Anywhere there is traffic… tucked in a store shelf, in a cushion at the airport, in a magazine at the doctor’s office or hospital (two places people are often in need of a little extra love), next to the creamers in the coffee shop. The options are endless. As for me, I am going to keep my love letter in my bag and trust that the right place will present itself, and when it does, I’ll be “armed with love!”
Don’t get caught up in drafting the “perfect note.” Perfectionism only paralyzes us from ever achieving action! The letter that carries the most impact may just be a hastily written note of love and encouragement scribbled on a piece of scrap paper and left in a waiting room. It makes my heart swell to imagine finding a note while anxiously waiting to see a doctor. I picture myself flipping through a magazine, when a piece of paper flutters to the ground. I pick it up and all it says is, “Smile 🙂 You are loved today! Whatever you are going through, you are not alone!” How simply eloquent is that?
When I read my own love note from Adele, I was deeply touched that my friend felt inspired by my blog. It’s difficult for me to accurately express how much this means to me. I hadn’t explicitly put out a calling for my readers to send love notes, I don’t even remember if I mentioned it or not. But, that’s the beauty of this forum, this exchange of thoughts and ideas, the reader takes from each post what they need to hear in that day. And this friend read between the lines and unearthed exactly what I needed… to be loved.
I have already re-read my love note almost a dozen times since receiving it yesterday. Talk about inspiration for me to pass on the same to others…
WHO ARE YOU GOING TO PASS YOUR LOVE ON TO TODAY?
Let Your SOUL BEACON shine!!!
(Don’t forget to leave a comment about your love letter experience… inspire others with your sharing!)