Today I’m playing in Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday – with this week’s invitation to blog about something beginning with the letter L. Given my great love of abecedariums*, how could I resist such a delightful prompt?
This afternoon I had a lovely time creating Valentines and thinking about the people I love to celebrate and am so grateful to have in my life. I love sending Valentines, but they’re just one expression in my repertoire. You see, I’m on a mission to promote the widespread exchange of love letters.
I certainly believe we could do a far better job in our world living as heart-centered beings devoted to loving-kindness. Can you imagine how different everything might look under the pervasive expression of love and appreciation?
What would it be like to be more generous with our love? Doesn’t everyone deserve a little reminder they are seen and recognized, loved and appreciated?
What if we all sent love letters to one another? If we left a little note of gratitude for the waitstaff when they leave the bill for us to pay? If we tucked a note in the mailbox of our neighbor who surprised us by shoveling our walk? When was the last time you told a friend how grateful you were for their friendship and support? And how fun would it be to send them a little surprise love note in the mail saying just that? Of course you don’t HAVE to send a note – you can use email or text and spread your love that way. But notes and love letters are definitely right-fit for me, and so they’re part of my practice.
But seriously, I would definitely award extra points for sending love letters through the mail. Just think of all those love vibrations mixing it up with the stream of junk mail and bills. Think of love letters energetically lightening up the conveyor belts in post offices across the world sending little sparks of love into machinery. Do you suppose the mail carrier’s bag is a little happier when it has a stack of love letters nestled amidst its load? Well, perhaps you can’t imagine that, but you can certain imagine the delight of receiving a note.
There’s another side to this coin as well. Some people are actually really good at expressing love and gratitude, but they totally stumble when it comes to receiving it, brushing it aside as though it were unwarranted or undeserved. If we really did have a practice of widely exchanging love letters, think of how this might change – having all those opportunities to receive graciously; to hold those words in your hand and be with them allowing them to sink in. To literally practice your receiving skills. I suspect that would be a wonderful gift in balancing our hearts as well.
And have you ever written a love letter to yourself? Do it! You deserve it.
Before you write me off as scoffably Pollyanna-ish in this whole love letter desideratum of mine, consider this observation by Marcus Aurelius:
“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”
I certainly believe that’s true, and I want mine colored in love.
What about you? Inspired to send a love letter? What color is your soul wearing today? Do tell – you know I love to hear.
And do consider stopping by Jenny Matlock’s blog and seeing what else the letter L has to share with us today.
*I love doing month-long blog abecedariums, and it amuses me to remember that last February I did an abecedarium I called Love Letters, where I celebrated things I loved in alphabetical order. Poke around in the February 2014 archives if you’re inspired to see what was capturing my fancy.