The 12 Days of Letter Writing

I am always open to opportunities to touch another life with love, and especially so this time of year. As I am finishing the year, I ask to be shown ways to give back, either financially or with my time, or both. Then I let go of the request and stay aware. Beautiful opportunities arrive. This year was no exception. 

This interesting campaign caught my attention in my Facebook newsfeed over the weekend. Sponsored by the group The World Needs More Love Letters, the goal is simple, and yet profound: Make love famous. Show people that they are not alone. 

Check out their website HERE

Founded by Hannah Brencher, her purpose is to encourage people by sending them heart-felt, handwritten love letters, reminding them that whatever difficulty they are facing, they are not alone. 

I was immediately captivated. For about a year I’ve felt drawn toward letter writing. In an age of text messages and emojis and tweets, there is something beautiful and soulful about putting pen to paper and letting the words flow, along with the ink. 

Monday evening I participated in my first Twitter party with members of this organization. What fun to meet other women across the US and learn more about the 12 Days of Letter Writing. Those who joined in Monday were given two precious individuals to write to. 

The official campaign kicked off on December 5, and continues through the 17th, with a new person to write to given each day. Although these people are strangers, their first names are given and a brief story is shared. Each person selected to receive love letters can use the encouragement during this time in their journeys, and the reminder that people care about them. 

Tonight I gathered my supplies and caught up on my writing, completing six notes. I carefully read through each person’s story and simply wrote from my heart, sharing love, sharing hope, sharing their journeys in this moment. Their stories are so touching. Their souls, so beautiful. And each one is so deserving of love. I feel privileged to offer words of encouragement to them. 

I’m now current. It will be a great way to end my day, during the rest of the campaign, by writing a love letter each night. 

I’ll drop these notes into the mail tomorrow. They go to dear helpers who will bundle all of the letters together, and send them on to the recepients. I hope each person receives hundreds of notes. 

I am grateful for this opportunity, this invitation, to make a difference in someone’s life. All it requires is thought and a little time and a postage stamp. And love. Truly, what the world needs is more love.