I seem to have lost the ability to write by hand. I can’t physically get my hand to move across the page in a fashion that is readable afterwards. I quite simply have stopped writing and started typing. Everything. Emails and letters fly off the computer in a fast and furious fashion. I seem to be in a hurry, not worrying too much about anything heart-felt, just getting the job done.
Today I received a letter in the post. A real letter, hand written and with photos and a card from my niece. Ah what a joy. Not only was it really delicious to open the letter but to see actual photos and read something that someone had taken the time to write was the highlight of my day. The letter was quite simply beautiful, a little about life, a little about love and how much I was loved, a treasure on paper.
This simple act of sitting down and writing a letter to someone is an act of love and generosity. It takes time and it takes thought. It made me feel like the most special person in the world. Writing a letter even if it is to yourself forces you to slow down and take a breath. Doing something for someone else reminds you that we are here on this earth to serve.
To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux
Practice for today: Write a letter to someone who you care about. Tell them how much they mean to you and how much you miss them. Include something precious.
“A real love letter is made of insight, understanding, and compassion. Otherwise it’s not a love letter. A true love letter can produce a transformation in the other person, and therefore in the world. But before it produces a transformation in the other person, it has to produce a transformation within us. Some letters may take the whole of our lifetime to write.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher