“A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation, doesn’t always need togetherness, as long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part.” ~ Unknown
Life whispers its meaning to us in the silence of the surrendered, open heart. It is there where I realize how much I value some friends. I find this silence compelling.
Sometimes it’s hard to come straight out and tell our friends how much we love and appreciate them. We might feel awkward expressing deep feelings, even to our nearest and dearest, because it’s not a common practice. We might get choked up and embarrassed in the process, or we might feel we will embarrass them.
Still, we all have those moments when we realize how fortunate we are to have the friend we have, and we may long to express our gratitude. Moreover, it may of tremendous benefit to our friends to be at the receiving end of our appreciation. At times like these, writing (yes, writing!) a letter can help us say what we want to say without feeling self-conscious. Additionally, a letter gives your friend the space to really take in your expression of love and the gift of being able to return to it time and time again.
As you sit down to write to your friend, take a moment to consider the qualities you most value in your friendship. It might be the fact that you always laugh when you talk or that you feel safe enough to confess your worst problems and always leave feeling better about everything. It might be the new ideas and experiences you’ve been exposed to throughout the course of your friendship. Whatever it is, really take the time to express to your friend their unique impact on your life. You don’t have to use big words or fancy metaphors; all you need to do is write from your heart and your friend will feel the love in your heart.
Letters, which used to be somewhat common, are now rare. A handwritten letter makes a wonderful gift to be treasured always. You might simply send it or hand deliver it out of the blue. Whatever you choose, your letter will no doubt be received and treasured with a grateful heart.
So, Gary and Jeff, while you don’t read this blog, I miss you. Know that my letter to you will soon be on its way.
And for those who read this blog, to whom is your letter going?