This is not a mushy gushy post. Today it’s all about practicing the fine art of affirmation. I think of affirmation as using our words to build up rather than tear down. Affirmation is to affirm a life, to give hope, to encourage one another. I think that can be a creative practice. Letters are one way we can express our affinity and love for one another.
Lettering love and affirmation are a work of grace to me. It is finding hope in the unseen, in the darkness when things are bleak; that takes a creative practice. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack – this unearthing hope in the dark. I think it something we need now more than ever. We need men and women who will look for the light when there seems to be none. It only takes a little to make the way brighter and to give people reason to keep forging ahead.
When I think of affirmation, I think of love letters. I don’t mean the kind that are romantic. I mean letters that that inspire, encourage, equip, affirm, extend friendship, and give a sense of “me too.” Letters are like little hugs from one heart to another. In an age where email seems king, nothing is more soothing and more life bringing than hand written letters.
The process of sitting down to pen a letter is like wrapping your words and making them into a tiny gift for another person to unwrap. It’s a beautiful surprise and connection linking us one to another. That is the power of words. It’s not about creative letter design, high end or low end stationery, or fancy schmancy colors. Perhaps what makes these little letters of love such a treasure is the personalization and time spent on them. It’s as though you’ve prioritized the value of the people you care about. It is my way of saying “I see you.”
I want to encourage you today to think about the people who matter most to you. Take a moment, and write them a letter expressing how much you care about them. Take time to share a little bit of your life, and reconnect with what it means for that person to be priority in your life. We only have these right now moments. Wouldn’t it be so wonderful for them to hold your words of affirmation and love in their hands?
Tell me your stories. I’d love to hear them. How have letters made a difference in your life?
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.