“More than kisses, letters mingle souls.”
“Only write to me, write to me, I love to see the hop and skip and sudden starts of your ink.”
~ A.S. Byatt, Possession
“Harry picked it up and stared at it, his heart twanging like a giant elastic band. No one, ever, in his whole life, had written to him. Who would? He had no friends, no other relatives ~ he didn’t belong to the library, so he’d never even got rude notes asking for books back. Yet here it was, a letter, addressed so plainly there could be no mistake:
Mr. H. Potter
The Cupboard under the Stairs
4 Privet Drive
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Today I’m asking you if you’d like to join me for a letter writing challenge.
In the top drawer of my desk I have some very precious letters that have been sent to me over the years. One of them was penned by my mum, when she went into hospital to give birth to my little sister. That’s my earliest letter. I have cards and notes from old school friends, love letters, and precious letters from my grandparents – all of whom are now deceased.
I treasure a box full of letters and cards from clients and students.
At my lowest or loneliest moments I have found solace in those scraps of paper and card. They have made me laugh, they have made me cry, and they have waltzed me down memory lane in a way no text message or email ever could.
There is also a special timber box at my farm full of letters for my Secret Dream Project – a project where I invited people to write me letters, so that I could support the space for their most secret dreams to come to fruition. I read the letters, and then programmed a crystal for each one.
Letters can be transformative for both the writer and the reader.
Over the next six weeks, every Monday, I shall post a theme and ideas, and ask you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post to them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Your favourite pen or writing implement
- Writing paper, cards or postcards
- A small crystal or stone
- Between five and thirty minutes each week to sit down and write your letter.
Will you join me in sending some love and positive energy into the world?
If the answer is yes, write your name below or pop over to my facebook page and say hi. (Of course you can always just join in the challenge and be anonymous, but it’s so much fun to connect and join the party! – Either which way, I honour you.)
Lots of love, Nicole xx