I know that I will often say "I love you", or maybe even express gratitude for having someone in my life, but I can't say as though I completely express what someone means to me while they are still living. At least not the way we so lavishly do at their funeral. What would it mean for our relationships if we took the time, and we were vulnerable enough, to let people know?
Reid Tracy, President of Hay House, recommends writing a letter to all of your closest loved ones letting them know how you feel about them while you are alive and while they are alive. He says, "Because you never know", but I say, why not? How wonderful would it make us feel, and the other person feel, if we let them know what they mean to us? If we tell them, in great detail, all of the wonderful qualities about them that we love and admire?
In the past two years I have written four "love letters" and I aspire to write more. It made me feel awesome to know that I was sharing some intimate and important thoughts and feelings with someone that I love and care about. Thoughts and feelings that would make the other person feel loved, supported, appreciated, heard and seen.
Valentine's Day and birthday's are great times to give a love letter, but any day is a great time! Wouldn't it be amazing to receive a love letter for Valentine's day as opposed to a store bought card or other type of gift? Or, to unexpectedly on some random day receive a love letter just because?
Fact of the matter is, we don't know what tomorrow will bring. We aren't guaranteed that we will be here, or that our loved ones will be here. Not to be morbid, but I choose not to have any regrets and to lead with my heart. To put it all out there and let people know. I love you, I appreciate you, I see the goodness in you, I love this about you or that about you, that you matter to me.
For Valentines Day this year I plan to write a love letter to my spouse and to my kids. Four important people in my life who I have not yet received a love letter from me. And guess what? I think I'll write one to myself while I'm at it! Last week my post was about self-love, self-care, self-acceptance, what better way to show myself some love than to express it in a love letter? :)
What do you think? Are love letters a good idea? What would receiving a love letter mean to you? What would it feel like to write a love letter? I would love to hear your thoughts on this post!