Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Write a Letter That Can't Be Delivered

In my journal writing workshops, I guide participants in writing "Letters That Can't Be Delivered." A letter might be written to a close friend or relative who recently passed away, to a favorite neighborhood tree, to an ongoing illness or even to a bout of blocked creativity. We can't expect an answer. Or can we? Every good conversation isn't a one-way experience. The best part of the dialogue is, indeed, the answer that comes back. And of course, the answer doesn't really come from the loved one, or the tree, or the illness, but from deep inside ourselves. And what we have to reveal to ourselves is often surprising. ◦

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just finished writing a letter to someone saying all the bad things I locked away in my heart and soul for years.. Now.. I feel exhilarated. Best part: I placed and sealed the letter in an envelope, then ripped it in half and tossed it in the garbage..

I feel extremely free and relaxed, and it was simple.