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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Art of a Love letter

ROMANCE - To court or woo romantically; treat with ardor or chivalrousness; a strong fascination or enthusiasm for something. [Romance week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

You know how sometimes the universe just keeps telling you the same thing over and over?

Well ever since I started my Everyday Bliss Experiment I have been casually considering the idea of a Love Letter.  My Sweetie and I have never been love letter sort of folks. We both have a penchant for surprises so that is where we generally go when we are thinking of something romantic to do for each other. Nevertheless, I keep thinking about it.

When I came up with those 101 things I love about my Sweetie and posted them in the blog for all to see  he was totally blown away. I caught him checking back to re-read the list a couple of times which made me totally happy too! A love letter is different from our regular surprises because once it is written it can be looked at again and again. Which has caused some of its own concern because I would want it to be "Worthy" of reading over and over... see how I build up personal expectations such that I become paralyzed into inaction. Quite a strategy huh?

Anyway, so yesterday I happened over to a new Blog (for me), Yellow Kisses by the charming Kami and Peter, to find Kami's delightful poem, to be the first in a whole "Love Book", entitled He Makes Me Sing About Rainbows. The poem is fabulous and the whole blog is a romantic love letter! Hanging out over there really gave me pause to think about my Romantic efforts.

I keep going for the easy sure fire hits. Favorite meals, midnight snuggles (read whatever romantic interlude you desire), warm towels delivered after a shower, and candle light. Writing a decent love letter would actually take a little time (at least this is my current perception... I may be surprised) and when could I actually do such a thing justice?

I cleverly get myself to forget all about my new found revelations and upon waking begin thinking about what cool surprise I might be able to spring on my sweetie today. I pull an old tried and true resource off the shelf, Gregory Godek's 1001 Ways to be Romantic, (which I understand has been completely revised lately) and I opened it randomly to the page about writing love letters!  1001 ideas in that darn book and look where I land!!!

Then to cement the entire deal, that part about "when the heck would I have time to write a love letter" part, my Sweetie tells me he is going to have to work late tonight so I will actually have a full couple of hours to do it! So that is it. I give up my futile resistance!! 

Tonight I write a love letter. I'll let you know how it goes!

Have you ever written a Love Letter? 

Next Post: Love Letter update

P.S. Some exciting stuff is available here, if you care to stop by! 

My 13 bliss virtues are joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.

This week we are studying Romance. Next up is Gratitude Week


  1. Thank you Kathy! Husbands definitely love to hear all the mushy gushy stuff about them, I know mine does. I'm so madly in love with my husband, I always seem to be such an obnoxious romantic, but I can't help it!
    I'll be posting up an 'Entry' once a week so stay tuned. Thanks again girl, and yes, I'm a regular on your blog. Your tips and ideas always get me thinking, so mahalo for that sister. Have an awesomely terrific day!

  2. I wrote a valentine message to my hubby this a blog post. He seemed to like it! My ongoing posts about how we met and fell in love, etc., are good for me...they get me really remembering how things were and how I felt. They get quite a few positive comments and I think that's rewarding to him, too.

  3. What a sweet list you compiled about your hubby! That's a wonderful idea, and something I may consider for our anniversary this year. I never wrote any love letters, but my husband would write poems to me constantly. Because we've switched computers so many times, I fear they are all lost. But I do have something very's a large heart shaped stone that my husband painted red and painted the words "my love for you is solid as a rock." I cherish that so much. :) Theresa

  4. I am loving your 13 virtues. It inspires me to come up with my own (or borrow from yours!). And I love your header. Gorgeous photo. I just found you through the LBS tea party and I love your site! I'll be your newest follower. Have a great day!


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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