In 2015, I wrote 365 letters to family, friends, and a few strangers. Through this process, I learned the value in creating art for those we love. Whether we are famous or known by just a few, every piece of art should be like a love letter to our community.
With the explosion in technology, letter-writing has almost become an archaic tradition. While once a primary means of communication, a hand-written note has become a novelty. By writing all these letters, I was able to recapture the dying art of letter writing and take the time to enjoy the process of art.
For some reason, we struggle with speaking words of life to others, yet we easily speak words of death. Whether it be out of fear, pain, or shame, words of love are held captive when we fail to release them.
Since the earth was formed, words have breathed life into the world. When we use words to bless and affirm others, we build courage into them. In recognition of this, I am endeavoring to become a person who releases love to friends, family, and strangers.
Humans are physical, emotional, and spiritual. When we engage all of ourselves in the act of writing, we are transformedPutting pen to paper, the words flow from a hidden storehouse. When we engage our bodies with our creativity, a kind of energy abounds that energizes both the writer and the reader.
When we write by hand or paint with the brush, we choose to sacrifice. We give of our time in order to create a piece of art for another person. And that should be the whole point of writing - we write because we love.