Today concludes Storybook Woods’ Autumn Bliss Week celebration. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating. Thank you so much, Clarice!
While attending a women’s retreat many years ago, our last day was used as personal reflection and honoring ourselves. The thought behind this was that we tend to be the end-all and do-all for others but habitually put our own needs and selves last.
Each retreat attendee was supplied a few sheets of stationery, an envelope, and a stamp. Our mandate was to write a love letter to ourselves which was then dropped off at the post office. Here are two old letters I’ve pulled from my files.
You had to begin your letter with “Dear Beloved June” or something equivalent and write positive, glowing compliments about yourself—how perfect you are right this very minute in this very place in time and why. No negativity was allowed.
This was a hard task for us as we each felt self-conscious in this deliberate act of being self-centered.
But this special letter is something each of us needs at times—an act of renewing our spirit. It reminds us to love ourselves, too. If your heart isn’t open to loving yourself, how can you possibly open it to loving others?
These many years later, I still do this. At each autumn equinox, I write and mail a love letter to myself. It’s my special secret and I’m sharing it with you in hope that you will consider performing this affirmative act.
Write and mail a love letter to yourself. You are worth it.