Month of Letters and Seeds Challenge
Seeds of Change Reflections
This February, I have been embracing my Month of Letters and Seeds Challenge. I have set out to explore the lost art of letter writing and writing one letter each day this month. Each letter includes a little gift packet of Lupine seeds. This exercise of putting pen to paper and taking the time to address and mail a letter has been enlightening.
Handwriting a letter has made me think of time differently. I have slipped back and forth from writing a letter to sending a quick email and found letter writing changes the way I write. I have written thank you notes, love letters, and general check in letters questioning, “What can I write that will be relevent a week later?” I have also struggled with the time it takes to write a letter. Not knowing someone’s address, or telling myself I will do that later when I have time. Letter writing has forced me to slow down and feel the art of writing.
Handwriting a letter has also made me embrace vulnerability. When sitting down to write a good letter, I had to open my heart, write as fast as I could, and let go of the cut and paste option. I had to embrace my imperfections, take risks and sometimes ask the reader for forgiveness.
Ultimately, letter writing has made me a better gardener. I am learning patience and and how to embrace the time it takes to cultivate my own garden.
When was the last time you got a letter in the mail? Do you remember that sense of delight when the first card arrives. What if your creativty could inspire change?
I have a simple challenge for you.
- Choose a week or a month and mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a seed packet.
- Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.
- Leave a comment below and share your letter writing experiences.
You might develop a coorespondence that extends beyond your week or month. Or, you might develop a letter writing practice.