Love letters. I have written my fair share. As a long time lover of snail mail and years of living long distance from a few of my beaus I have spritzed letters with perfume and imprinted them with ruby red lipstick. Yet not all love letters need be of the traditional romantic genre. Throughout the years I have also sent hundreds (maybe thousands) of letters and cards to family and friends that were infused with my love. While living overseas in France for a year and a half, prior to having access to email and phone calls being prohibitively expensive, I wrote many long letters to family members and college friends back home. I would even find amusing images in magazines and tear them out and make my own envelopes. Right now just thinking about it makes me want to make some again. I have not forsaken snail mail as I still adore it as much as I always have, but I do know that the long letters I used to write are more abbreviated notes added to sweet cards I buy from local stores or artists I admire.
How long has it been since you sent a “love letter” to a family member or friend?
Learning about a project called More Love Letters that was created by Hannah Brencher has me contemplating again the power of a longer letter to connect, express thoughts and feelings, tell a story, inspire and spread loving energy around the world. I first learned about Hannah Brencher through her TED talk. Here is the video where she shares how already being a huge fan of love letters, as this was her own mother’s way of communicating with her long distance, that upon bottoming into depression after college she began writing love letters and leaving them around the city for strangers to find.
After watching Hannah’s introduction to More Love Letters in her own words I encourage you to visit the web page for this movement. It has been beautifully created and executed.
The world doesn’t need another website. It doesn’t need another app or a network.
What it needs is really basic. Simple. Bare-boned.& often forgotten in the race to get followers, likes & status.
LOVE. Pure, old-fashioned, never goes out of style Love. Ridiculous, oozing, cannot pack this thang into 140-characters kind of love. Fearless, bold, unstoppable love.
And that’s where we come in… We’re going to tell you that we leave love letters all over the world for others to be blessed by. We’re going to ask you to write letters for Love Letter Bundles for people you’ll probably never meet. We’re going to invite you to nominate someone you know for a Love Letter Bundle. You are going to think we are a bit crazy. A tad loopy… But let’s be honest, you’ve been looking for a website that leaks love all this time.
Fair warning, we could really care less about love letters.
We’re only interested in you. The cracked parts of your own story & how you can use them to lift someone else. It’s about how each of us can morph our lives into love letters… lamps… lanterns… to light the paths of others who needs kindness and love today.
Your cursive means the world to us.
I read through some of the Requests for Letters. One in particular moved me deeply. Here is the description taken from the site:
R E N E E
please mail all love letters by July 15, 2014
A loving daughter wrote into us requesting letters for her mother. She wrote “My mother is undergoing an enormous transition period. At the age of 32 and happily married, her husband and my father, passed away in a tragic car accident on Valentine’s day that year. She was left with 5 kids under the age of 7 to raise on her own. My twin brother and I were just 8 months old. My mom just turned 60 and finally retired after 28 years of bouncing around jobs to provide for her family. The first time in her life she has no kids to take care of, no job to report to, and she is finally free. And she is scared. No one needs her, which is what most of her identity has been defined by. My mom needs a love letter that will inspire her to live again and finally, learn to take care of and love herself.” Join us in writing a letter of love & encouragement to this awesome mother.
PLEASE MAIL ALL LOVE LETTERS TO:
c/ o Hilary C.
4505 Avenue A
Austin, TX 78751
Whether or not you feel inclined or inspired to join the More Love Letters official movement, consider right now making a commitment to send some love letters. How about you send one today or this week? How about a commitment to sending one or more a month? Will you send it to someone you know or will you leave it on a chair in a cafe, on a shelf at a store, in a dressing room, or on a park bench? The ripple effects of sending out love on a physical piece of paper can have more impact and power than you can fully grasp.
If you do send out a letter (or two or three or four…) consider sharing about how taking such action impacted you. What feelings did it invoke? What stories unfolded? What did you find yourself sharing? Where did you leave it or send it? Did you send it to someone you know or did you prefer to leave it for a stranger?