My Precious Fellow Humans,
You've known for a while that I love you. It's simply glaring, the beauty of our species. At our core, we are all made of light. I see it in my daughter, I see it in us all. And it feels way better -- it feels clean and true -- than any sort of hatred used to feel.
And so five years ago, I started this blog to give what I felt was the best thing I could offer: tips on how we can lean into that light rather than into the tough, painful parts.
Five and a half years of Leaning into Light. That feels so good! I'm a personal writer. Yep, that's where I find the richest material, in the place where vulnerability + courage meet up and tell a story.
Now, with 5 1/2 years behind me, instead of writing articles on this blog, I will only write letters. It's happened before, and from now on that's it -- my great art, expressing Love through letters, will get center stage here.
A few letters already on the blog include a poem I wrote before becoming pregnant with my daughter Dear Baby Boy Soul, and one written days after the Camp Fire, to two dear friends A Letter to Two Father Friends. Then we lived in Sweden for a year and I wrote her this letter A Bewildered Sort of Thanks when we got back home to the USA.
Because Love pierces so big, in a letter.
In my handwriting, or yours. There is something so special about a letter in the mail.
Thank you for celebrating five years with me! It's a big dose of devotion that has kept me coming back to this blog.
Stay tuned for more letters. If you've not received a letter in a while, text your address to a friend and ask them to write to you! Or write to them first. Electronic communication will never have the same weight, in my book.
Letter writing never died. It is alive and it is a healing, joyful medicine for humanity.
Jessica Rios, Founder of Leaning into Light, is a mother, coach, lifelong letter writer, and eternal fan of Mr. (Fred) Rogers. This deeply personal blog and our free recorded conversations are devoted to one of her greatest passions: illuminating the beauty of the human spirit.