It’s February and love is in the air. Why not send some through the mail as well? Here are some ideas for love letters to change the world:
- Distribute Valentines cards to strangers. You can make your own or order them through Army of Lovers. If you don’t want to interact with strangers (because… Covid), you could leave some at a trailhead, under a car windshield wiper or someplace else where a stranger may stumble upon it. You can write something simple and universal, like “YOU ARE LOVED,” or quote from a poem (see ideas below).
- Join the “To Love Ourselves Letter Project,” and write letters to girls and women around the world who need extra encouragement.
- Send a letter to a senior citizen through Love Our Elders. They are currently collecting cards for “Letter to an Elder Day” on February 26.
- Send a hand-written letter through Girls Love Mail to a woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Apply to be a writer for Letters Against Depression and send a supportive letter to someone struggling with a mental illness.
- Write letters as part of The World Needs More Love Letters.
- Assemble care bags for homeless people. Include food, supplies, and a note of encouragement and distribute them to homeless people in your community.
- Practice self-love by writing a letter to yourself in which you list all the things that are wonderful about you.
Looking for something to write? Why not include some love poetry? Here are a few of my favorites from Shakespeare, Rumi and Pablo Neruda, which I included in letters I gave to strangers during my year-long letter writing project:
- “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride. I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this.” ~ Pablo Neruda
- “But I love your feet only because they walked upon the wind and upon the waters, until they found me.” ~ Pablo Neruda
- Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116:
“Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.”
“Love is reckless; not reason.
Reason seeks a profit.
Love comes on strong,
consuming herself, unabashed.
Yet, in the midst of suffering,
Love proceeds like a millstone,
hard surfaced and straightforward.
Having died of self-interest,
she risks everything and asks for nothing.
Love gambles away every gift God bestows.
Without cause God gave us Being;
without cause, give it back again.”