Long ago and far away, people wrote letters to each other because they had no choice. No telegraph service, no telephones and no internet. Letters were meant for love, promises, news, marriage proposals, rejections, sympathy, regrets, apologies, and announcements of any joy or sadness.
Today people write letters only by choice. And what a powerful choice that is!
A real love letter is your truth put to paper in the most loving and compassionate way possible. Although romance is a wonderful reason to run for the pen and paper, so is a hungering for friendship or hope, the pull of times gone by, the longing to heal pain, the desire to make amends or express appreciation.
How did I luck into this job? Several years ago, I was asked to write an obituary for a friend. You bet I balked. Until I realized that an obituary, in reality, has all the qualities of a great love letter, and should be sent to those who are still living. Inspired, I began leading love letter writing workshops, which led to the radio talk show Love Letters Live. It has been a joyous odyssey into the lives and strengths of people who live life beautifully in some way or other and have the emotional generosity to share it.
- Janet Gallin