If your nine-year-old brother was involved in a car crash and now in recovery clinging on to dear life, how would you make things better?
In this day and age we send packages filled with food and goodies, but sometimes what people want is something tangible. Not a snack that can be consumed and disappear for all eternity.
Sometimes all they want is our words.
Words that tell them exactly how we feel about them. They show us thoughts from the crevices of our souls that often never see the light of day.
Words are squiggly black lines written over white pages that cannot be consumed by a black hole. Prose that will stay and grow as we reflect over its meaning. They are a verbal snapshot of a time and space we can never go back to.
This is why letters are a game changer.
Letter Writing isn’t dead.
More than kisses, letters mingle souls. – John Donne
Just because we have email and text messaging doesn’t mean we’re happy. In fact, we’re so bogged down by it all that we don’t respond!
Letter writing isn’t something for 18th Century England or couples in love. It’s for everyone!
Even Mr. Bean understood the excitement in receiving mail!
Letters give us something tangible and permanent rather than passing afterthoughts.
The permanent ink on paper allows time to dwell on words people have written. Time is as important as the letters themselves.
Writing Letters can Change the World
Over the past few months as you know I’ve gotten near fanatic with writing. Letters, postcards you name it.
I used to think pieces of paper with a picture of them were a total waste of money and time. Maybe you feel the same way?
I don’t blame you.
My mailbox is eternally empty so I never expect anything, and there it was one day. My friend Gabriel wrote me a postcard on a whim over the spring. There was nothing profound or lengthy about it but what struck me is that he was thinking of me.
He was sprawled out on beaches soaking in solar rays but he thought it nice to put a sticky stamp on a piece of cardboard. His instincts were right and they have changed my life.
This post is a collaboration with the non-profit More Love Letters started by Hannah Brencher. If my little cousin Jon was in a car crash, or anyone I knew, having strangers love on them would mean the world.
The chances are they can’t do much if anything at all. They can only sit waiting for time to pass and for the body to heal.
You can change that.
Thursday, December 14
We received a request that tugged at our heartstrings, and it almost certainly will do the same for you.
“Zaden is nine years old. My sister is his third-grade teacher. A few weeks ago, Zaden and his family were involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. Zaden’s seat belt snapped and he was ejected from the vehicle.
He survived the accident but with four shattered vertebrae, internal bleeding, organ damage, and the muscles and tendons on his neck were all torn–meaning his head is only attached by his spine. He’s in a full body cast and he has a long road of recovery ahead.
He is scared and confused as they are unsure at this time if he will ever walk again. But kids are special, and they have a way of beating the odds every day.
My sister and I would love to give Zaden (and his mother) the tangible love and support of a bundle of letters. We want to show him just how many people are in his corner cheering him on.”
Grab your pens + join us as we do just that for Zaden!
For the last six years, we’ve been putting a bow on the holiday season by rolling out 12 letter requests over a span of 12 days. That’s no joke… 12 days, 12 letter requests, and a whole lot of holiday loving.
The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing is a perfect way for you to show up this season and help people in need around the world. Grab your friends or classmates, kids or students, and rally together to bring some goodwill into the world this December. All you need is some stationery and a few stamps.
Each day, we will publish a new letter request to the More Love Letters blog. Write one letter or submit a note to all 12 bundles! The choice is yours! All letters should be postmarked by December 20, 2017. Your love letters will be bundled up with other letters from across the world and delivered by the new year!
So pour some hot cocoa, pull out your most festive cards, and join us on social media for a letter writing marathon starting December 4!
To find out more visit:
12 Days Landing Page
http://www.moreloveletters.com/12days (where the action will take place!)
Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.moreloveletters.com/diary/2017/11/29/frequently-asked-questions
What does letter writing mean to you?
I never thought that writing and receiving letters was something that would mean such a big deal to me until this past year.
Being able to read and reread the thoughts and feelings of friends and family allowed me to keep them “nearer” to me. I am reminded of them and know that they care even though we were far from each other.
Truth be told, I am quite the sentimental type. Memory lane is a street that is tired of me treading over its cobblestone paths.
Enough about me. What does letter writing mean to you? When was the last time you received a letter?
For me, it’s been YEARS, and the last people to send them were from a village in Africa where they had no electricity!
If you’re still skeptical on the power of writing check out Hannah’s TED Talk. It’s inspiring to say the least.
Sure buying presents is nice, but maybe writing someone a letter is the best Christmas gift you can give.