Let’s Write More Love Letters

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This post comes from our contributor Kristen Hedges.

I think that, more than anything, we should work towards softening our hearts.

We must find those simple, loving acts that gently tug and unfold the edges, melt the walls we’ve built, shake off the dust and create a sense of warmth in the ribs. More than money, power, and fame, these are the things that will quickly turn and shape the world around us.

rose with letter

To start, maybe we should write more love letters.

letter with petal

The old fashioned kind. The ones laid out in ink on paper, rather than typed onto a screen and then cautiously backspaced. The ones that are exhaled from the lungs and wrung from the heart like fresh water. They’re a relief to write.

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Hasty, scribbled words of truth, and love, and promise. A part of yourself, all permanently pressed in letters and symbols, and then folded up and sent the long way, over land, sea, and sky, to the one you love.

pen on paper

And then, after a few days, or maybe a week, someone else will anxiously tear at the seal, pick apart the glue, unfold paper, scan your words and breathe them in. Their heart will soften, too, just like that. Just by knowing that, for a moment, they were on your mind.

lots of notes

So, please: Let’s write more love letters. Let’s send CDs, postcards, glitter, pressed flowers, little folded cloths of tea, sand, waxed leaves, drawings, moments in time. Let’s send words that, until now, have been left unsaid. Let’s send confessions of the heart, whispers of lust, of desire, of friendship. Let’s even send casual things. Little, mundane scenes from our life penciled out and folded up, because however ordinary they seem, they will still open, soften, heal.

pile of letters

Stamp your envelope, dye your paper, write with a calligraphy pen. Turn off the television, open the window, go outside. Today, write a love letter. Tell them to please, write back. And then, when you let the envelope slowly slip into the mail slot, you will warm up a bit, ever so subtly.

letters in a box

You can find Kristen here, and at facebook.com/withonlylove.

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Comments

Emelie -April 14, 2014, 9:17AM

such a beautiful idea
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Stacey -April 14, 2014, 9:54AM

I love this and completely agree! I was just having this exact conversation last week with a friend. Heart felt messages in ink and paper seem to be a dying form of expression in this modern age of texting and Facebook. I promised myself that this year, I would reach out more to my loved ones simple notes saying hello and I love you. It’s so much more personal this way! :)

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Taegan -April 14, 2014, 10:56AM

Just recently got one; it made me feel amazing!

sincereju -April 14, 2014, 12:27PM

this is beautiful! I do this all the time! I want more pen pals! Ps. where is the writing about the knightship from? Very, very inspiring! As always, you guys amaze me

Claire -April 14, 2014, 1:32PM

Love this post. One of my goals this year is to write more letters to my friends. So much more personal. I love to dip dye my stationary with coffee.

Tiffany -April 14, 2014, 2:16PM

What a lovely idea and inspiration. Handwritten letters have a certain charm that no other form of writing does! Thanks for the idea <3 Tiffany | http://www.sunshinedaydreamphotography.com

Anonymous -April 14, 2014, 2:19PM

Sincereju – my husband actually wrote that during his time at boot camp! He was embarrassed that I took a photo of it, haha (;

Kristen -April 14, 2014, 2:19PM

woops – forgot to fill in my name! Sincereju – my husband actually wrote that during his time at boot camp! He was embarrassed that I took a photo of it, haha (;

Luna -April 14, 2014, 8:26PM

I really love this post. My friends and I used to write letters to each other all the time, and I still have every single one kept away in a memory box. Those are precious items to me, they mean so much more than a text message or like on social media.

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Erika Noel -April 15, 2014, 4:56AM

My boyfriend has taken several jobs where he works out in the woods, once in the back country where letter was our only form of communication available! I have a binder filled with our letters- there really is something so special about sitting down to write someone you love.

Ramona -April 16, 2014, 7:16AM

Oh how beautiful! I agree. We should write more love letters. There is something powerful about ink on paper

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