First, the journey that led to the Box.
This past February Monica, Kim and Andrea of the The Revelation Project, posted an online Valentine blog challenge, asking their readers to write and submit love letters to themselves. Initially it seemed like a sappy exercise until I realized that nothing came to me. Although I’ve repeatedly failed at clearing my mind to meditate, I miraculously went totally blank trying to pen a love letter to myself. Despite the challenge I pulled a few sentences together and sheepishly forwarded a half-baked missive to Monica and the gals. Soon after, I received an unexpected surprise.
Box of Love
Monica sent a Box of Love to the first submitters, recognizing their efforts for participating in the letter writing challenge. My box was filled with beautifully textured paper tags, images, a candle, ribbons, inspirational quotes, a feather, miniature cardboard cut outs, cool envelopes inside other envelopes, and random stuff that probably came from Monica’s crafting work station and drawers at home.
The unwrapping, wondering why, touching, smelling, and exploring of everything artfully bundled into one package, evoked joy. My parcel even included lollipops tied together with red and white twine. The twine alone, brought on a flood of childhood memories when my mom would bring home goodies from the local bakery enclosed in a white box tied with that same iconic string. Unto themselves each item in Monica’s package may have appeared seemingly trivial, yet the sum of the parts equaled more than the whole. It genuinely felt like the real deal…. a Box of Love.
What’s in This Box?
Inspired by The Revelation Project, my daughter and I set out to create another Box of Love for our new baby cousin Chloe and her family.
It was replete with kid centric goodies including a binky in the shape of ruby red lips, books, and items harvested from Monica’s original package. We added a few trinkets of our own. You could say we passed on love DNA in this second generation box.
On a roll, I sent out 8 more cards brimming with tchtotchkes (nicnacks) pulled from Monica’s original treasure chest. For years I’ve collected rocks and shells from home and faraway places. I even have conch shells from the South pacific that my dad found during his service in WWII. Now when I look at all these beach combings from around the world, I think how meaningful it will be to include them in future LOVE packages (except for those coveted conch shells from “Popi”). They hold great memories, and like all treasures they need to be shared.
The little things in life have greater meaning when bundled together with good intentions. You don’t have to break the bank to send a heart felt gift. Love is contagious…so pass it forward and bathe in the good feelings that come with receiving as well as giving.
The I Love You Often Proposition
The first 5 people who get back to me on this post, will receive their own little bundle of love from ILYO. I have no idea what will be in the packages other than a rock or shell. Just looking forward to the creative process and mailing feel-good “stuff” to friends and total strangers. In a perfect world, recipients will keep the love train going!
The gals behind The Revelation Project deserve the credit for coming up with the Box of Love vision. Monica, Kim and Andrea are also guides in an online photo-journaling workshop, RevealSpring, where the revelations keep coming.
No snark, sarcasm or humor today. Just supporting a fellow blogger’s joyful exercise, encouraging love to go viral.