I first heard about One Million Lovely Letters about a year ago when a friend sent me the link to the website. I was beyond amazed by the concept – if you feel like you need a hug in an envelope, email Jodi Ann Bickley and she will handwrite you a letter to remind you how awesome you are. See – amazing!
I looked for the website recently because I had a story idea that’s based on a similar concept. When looking, I saw that Jodi Ann Bickley has written a book by the same name which was immediately ordered and quite literally devoured by me.
I think everyone should read this book. It should be on the school syllabus. It should be a staple in everyone’s lives, because it essentially reminds the reader that we all that have a choice to be a cloud or a ray of sunshine in someone else’s day.
Having said that, it’s not all “life is perfect, be positive and everything is completely fabulous all the time.” Jodi is beautifully honest about some pretty brutal emotional and physical difficulties and illnesses that she’s been/going through. About how even when things are starting to go right, she still has personal hurdles to overcome.
This book reminds us that everything is not perfect – it never is – but we still have the option to be kind.
The story itself is captivating but the language used and they way the story is told is equally gorgeous. The author is a poet (by day) and I think it really come across in the beautiful language and Bickley has an amazing way of drawing you in and expressing so much emotion through her words.
This book feeds your soul and is well and truly on my ‘favourite books of all time’ list.
My children (like me) think that getting post is the best thing ever but (again like me) they only get anything around their birthday. About half way through the book, I decided to write my children (ages 6 and 4) letters to remind them how awesome they are. I posted them and they were so excited finding them on the doorstep and even more excited when they realised it was from me. It was so much fun getting to see their little faces as they read how much I love them. They both have them under their pillows now. Such a simple idea but it brought so much joy to all of us. I implore you to do the same. Write a letter to someone and let them know how awesome they are.
If you are feeling inspired by the concept, One Million Lovely Letters is currently collecting letters from all over the globe to go into an exhibition so are asking lovely people to post lovely letters. Here is Jodi Ann explaining all about it…
One Million Lovely Letters the book (plus Jodi and the whole One Million Lovely Letters concept) is a massive 5 out of 5 for me.
Get it, read it, share it – your life will only be inhanced by reading this wonderful book.
Happy Reading x