The Letter, Oil on wood panel, 8"x10", 2015
I still write letters because I feel like it does something that phone calls, emails and texts just don't do in the way that it is both personal and physical. A letter does not happen quickly. It involves planning and, depending on how far it has to travel, can take days to arrive. This requires a degree of patience. It has been said that we will reap what we sow and if this is still true then if we are sending letters then we are more likely to receive letters in return.
I have been thinking about how I spend my free time lately. There are some things I would like to do less of and some things I would like to do more of. Letter writing falls into the "more of" category. Writing letters is a way we can add richness to our life and someone else's at the same time. I believe sitting down to write a letter, putting pen to paper, has a way of bringing clarity to our lived experience similar to what happens to us when we write in our journal or draw in our sketchbook.
Perhaps you remember receiving a letter from someone that really got the sun out from behind the clouds for you that day. Maybe you remember a season in your life that writing letters helped keep loneliness at bay and a distant friendship alive. I would love to hear about your personal experiences with letters.