This year, for Lent, I wanted to do something different. I thought about what I should give up. My favorite TV show? Soda? I finally settled on giving up dessert. Going from a cookie a day to no cookies, brownies, ice cream, or any chocolate at all has been pretty difficult, but in a couple of weeks I will be able to have all of the dessert that I want. Giving it up for 40 days will not have changed me. I knew I would feel the same at the end as I did at the beginning.
That's why, this year, I decided to write "Lent Letters". Love letters to 40 different family members, friends, and classmates. It's giving rather than giving up, and I think this is the true spirit of Lent (and Christianity in general)! I can already feel the difference it's making (in me, more than anyone else). I never fully understood the power of a letter.
When my friend told me about The World Needs More Love Letters, I was so excited! What a wonderful way to spread the love. These letters can be to friends, family, acquaintances, or even to total strangers. Some write thank yous to waiters and waitresses, some leave encouraging notes for others, but whatever the letter they all end up in someone's hands with the purpose of brightening their day!
Before letter writing, I recommend checking out the website. They have a Starterkit with some great information for new letter writers, a Letter Vault filled with letters that have been sent or found, and a map showing how the letters have traveled around the world! You can even subscribe to their email list, which lets you know when a specific person is in need of a letter!
Is there a better way to Love, Anonymously?