Thank you for stopping by. I can’t say for sure what made you visit but I hope this letter makes you stay. You see, I began this journey when I wrote my farewell letter to my grandma as she lay to rest. In my writing, I found her final lesson: the power of letters. Whether it’s a secret love letter, a demand for change to Congress, a time capsule to your future self, or the words you wish you had said before it was too late, the intimacy of letter writing is a rare one.
In 2016, a six-year-old boy’s a letter to President Barack Obama erased away any political white noise and reminded us of the natural compassion that comes with being human, before any negativity is learned.
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter addressed to “Fellow Clergymen” on the side of a newspaper while held prisoner. He stood for what he believed in, for what was right, and for those who were and will be affected had nobody taken action. Unfortunately, racism still exists but King’s letter slowly but surely revealed to people the power of their voices and gave them the courage to use it.
And lastly, perhaps one that is rarely acknowledged as a letter, Anne Frank’s diary. Her story was told through her diary but what is a diary entry than a personal letter to your soul? Most of us begin it with “Dear Diary”, don’t we?
You see, dear Person, our lives are all connected. Our existence in this world is the one commonality we have with those who have lived, are living, and will live. Yet this world increasingly seems to be trying to break us apart and tear us down.
But the world doesn’t have to win. We can cherish our existence, our commonality, and each other. And that can start with something as simple as writing a letter. So that’s what I’m here to do.
Letters are powerful. They have a way of bringing those dear to us and our sincere selves together. Beyond that, they have a way of reaching anyone who reads them. Share these letters, send them all around, it’s what they were written for.
We are all we have.
A Letter Per Person