We were a team of 5 of us working behind the scenes on the Letters of Love campaign and amidst these trying times facilitating this project uplifted us in deep and beautiful ways. Here is a reflection from one of our team mates, Andrea.
As the country was headed into a lockdown, uncertainty, fear and anxiety loomed large and we needed help and support from each other more than ever. But how do you be there for each other when social isolation is mandatory? Writing digital letters of love seemed like a really great way.
Being an introvert myself, having a lot of time to myself honestly seemed amazing. But a few weeks into the lockdown, I started to find myself falling into a negative spiral. The isolation plus the problems of life started to get to me. Reading some of the requests that came in at that time, I could see that I could relate to so many people, it made me feel like I wasn’t alone, and through the letters, I hope that I could make them feel like they weren’t alone too.
I didn’t expect the effects of the initiative to be so tangible in my life. In writing letters of love, hope, kindness and understanding, I found that I myself began to feel more encouraged. As I was writing to someone else, I myself was hearing my own words, and it lifted my spirits. In hearing the responses of other letter writers in the community, I found that others too found that the practice of writing letters of hope helped them see the lighter side of life through their own struggles. I found too that my speech became a little more kinder.
Writing the letters filled with support and positivity was uplifting as well as interacting with a group of enthusiastic writers was refreshing especially in contrast to daily life where people don’t always prioritize patience and kindness in conversation. It was amazing to see so many writers send in letters week after week and give their time and efforts selflessly.
Through writing the letters to strangers, there is certain care and connection you feel towards the recipient. An unexpected bond with someone you’ve never met. Hearing the impact that your words have had on others, that it made their day or brought tears to their eyes, it’s such a lovely way to interact. It’s lovely to live in a world where we support each other, without any agenda other than to make someone smile that day or to remind them of their own strength.