This is a Love Letter, to All of Us.

This is a love letter, to all of us. 💌

Some of my best ideas are the ones I let happen.

The others are those that are paired with a sense of urgency.

This one is both.

I’ve wanted to do an Instagram photo challenge of sorts for a long time. A challenge to raise the vibration of love in the world. A challenge to invite people to look at love in new ways. To start seeing love in new places. In new faces. In the shape of a cloud. In the way the light catches the eye of a stranger. In the way a mother hugs her son.

And I’ve written. And planned. And made notes. And started Trello boards. And had conversations. And doodled. And sorted. And rearranged.

Yet never quite pulled the trigger.

A somewhat unfortunate metaphor to use this time of year. As so many people feel alone. Disconnected. Isolated. Unloved. By themselves and others.

And before you brace yourself for some inspiring but gut-wrenching story of how I lost someone near and dear to me that prompted me to take action, I’ll assure you I don’t have one.

But please don’t let that stop you from continuing to read. Or from participating.

I find it curious that we often wait until people are gone to say wonderful things about them. And that we wait until tragedy strikes to swing the pendulum in the direction of love.

Sometimes, we forget what we’re capable of doing each day that could positively change the trajectory of someone’s life.

Even by the slightest degree.

The degree that might be enough to make a difference, especially this time of year. As so many people feel alone. Disconnected. Isolated. Unloved. By themselves and others.

Not 30 minutes ago, I sat in a coffeeshop sipping hot minty tea with exactly four honeys settling neatly at the bottom of my cup. Feet kicked up on the chair, I was yammering about plans I had for several projects in the works that I looked forward to finishing by the first of the year.

Warmth. Promise. Distance.

All the comforts of things to come. That safe, suspended place where I survive quite comfortably nestled between ‘intent’ and ‘soon’.

That’s when I was reminded, lovingly and urgently, by someone I love who actually sees people lose loved ones nearly every day — that there are people that need more love in their life.

Now.

That there are people who feel disconnected.

Now.

Who feel isolated.

Now.

And who feel unloved.

Now.

That there are people that are taking these matters into their own hands and pulling triggers of their own doing.

Now.

And suddenly waiting for another month as I planned and made notes and started Trello boards and had conversations and doodled and sorted and rearranged… well, it seemed unnecessary. Recklessly luxurious. Flagrantly self-absorbed.

So I’m writing.

Now.

And doing the thing that’s been on my mind and in my heart.

Now.

And that’s to invite you to join me in looking for love.

Within.

Without.

Above and beyond.

I invite you to join me in reflecting love, as you find it.

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” Rumi

For fun, I’ve posted a list of prompts that will give you a different idea or theme to draw inspiration from each day. (And just pretend #21 says poetry, because if I waited until this was perfect… I wouldn’t need the crappy metaphor I can’t think of right now).

Or freestyle and go where your heart takes you. All I ask is that you look for love every day and hold up the light of love. In all of it’s beautiful forms. And as you see fit.

Essentially, I’m inviting you to conscientiously be the light for the next 25 days.

To #raisethelovelantern.

To strengthen this circle of love, invite your friends. The happy ones and the sad ones. The loud one and quiet ones. The ones you know would dig this and the ones that are a crapshoot.

We just don’t know when we will be the one to positively change the trajectory of someone’s life. Even by the slightest degree. I do know that I believe the more people we involve in holding up examples of love and positivity, the better.

Love on our minds. Love in action. Love by example. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Especially this time of year, wouldn’t you agree?

So share the love. Don’t forget to hashtag #raisethelovelantern so we can see and support one another’s creativity. Plus I have a cool idea for love tokens to send to various lantern-holders at the end of the 25 days. I’ll post more about that later, once I actually make them. 🙂

Meanwhile, join me on this 25 day journey of love and together let’s reflect love as we find it.

Love,

Alicia

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