Taking a break from COVID, racism, equity and other heavy things this week, my friends. It’s too much, what with RBG’s recurrent metastatic cancer and John Lewis’s death. I’ve been glued to my phone and computers all week, reading, digesting, observing, integrating, posting, connecting and conversing. I had at least three important ideas for the blog, and they all need to marinate longer.
But I still had to write! I owe letters to three friends, and they can wait. What needed doing tonight were five love letters to strangers.
Sometime this spring, while sheltering at home, I discovered More Love Letters. Their mission is simple:
Deliver hand written letters to people who could use some extra love via snail mail.
People submit nominations for letter recipients, and every month the MLL team selects five to post. Each recipient’s nominator writes a heartfelt request, and supplies an address. Letters are requested to be postmarked by the last day of the month (but I bet they’d take some tardy ones, because they are sent with love?). Tonight I wrote my second ever set of love letters, on washi tape stationery, of course. I may have more cards and tape than I will use in my lifetime, so I’m more than happy to share! Maybe next month I will include a blank card and envelope as a gift for the recipient to pass along—I’ll even put a stamp on it!
In this time of tumult and conflict, of heaviness and stress, reaching out to offer some light to others heals me. They will not know who I am (well, unless they happen to read this post, I guess), and I will not get a card back in reply. I get to write some encouraging words that might brighten someone’s day. But I do it for myself as much as for them.
Maybe you could use a mutual pick-me-up, too? Each one took less than five minutes. The words came easily, organically, and happily. “Holding you in light,” “Sending love and support,” “Wishing you everything you need in this crazy time.” Easy peasy, written sincerely–it feels so good. You don’t have to write to all five nominees—do what moves you. Maybe you’ll be inspired to also drop a note to your best friend, your colleague who’s challenged, or someone who recently crossed your mind, who’d probably love to know you were thinking of them.
Now is exactly the time to connect, don’t you think?
Oh and I have no financial or other interests in this organization. I just love that they encourage connection and snail mail, two of my favorite things.