Sunday, September 16, 2007

Autumn Bliss Week: Sunday

Today concludes Storybook Woods’ Autumn Bliss Week celebration. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed participating. Thank you so much, Clarice!

Love Letters

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.


Unknown said...

Lovely photos!~ And wish I could got through my scrapbook stuff. I am learning types of things about you girly!

Anonymous said...

I still have my letter. Every once in awhile I dig it out and read it. I don't know where it is now; perhaps I should find it.

Ali said...

I think I would find this hard to the point of impossibility. That's not too good is it? Need to think about that. Thanks for a thought provoking idea.

Storybook Woods said...

Dear June, this is a wonderful tradition. Women are sooo bad at putting ourselves last. I think we all need to do something proactive like this. I promise to write my latter this week. Thank you again for all your wonderful ideas and being part of this week. xoxoxo Clarice

a pink-bee said...

What a neat idea :) Thanks, Junie :)Have enjoyed Autumn Bliss week :)

Gumbo Lily said...

This would be a difficult exercise for me, but I will try.
Thank you for the inspiration this Autumn Bliss Week!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

That's an interesting idea Junie--I'll bet it's not as easy as one would think.

I wanted to show you something---you inspired my latest creation and I wanted to make sure you saw it!!
Smiles, Karen

wardstorms said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration, I should give it a try.

Lena said...

This photograph is a really wonderful one June.
I can't promise that I will write a letter, but I will take some time as I go out walking today, to think about the things that I like about myself. Just this year, an aunt of mine told me, "you've always been special". That was the first time that anyone, had ever said those particular words to me. In that moment, I very much, felt that way. You've reminded me that I need to say the words more often, both to myself, and to others.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Wow, your idea sounds powerful....very interesting concept! I am enjoying reading your posts...thanks for sharing.Dianntha