Letters take time to write, usually more time than talk. They require a certain level of artfulness and thoughtfulness in expression. Then they remain, to be reread, perhaps to be stored away for another day of reading, or even to be encountered at some distant time by a future, unknown eavesdropper.
All of these aspects of the letter invite soulfulness:
- rereading is a form of reflective meditation;
- keeping letters honors memory and not only daily living; and
- speaking to a reader not yet present in this life respects the soul's eternal nature.
(Thomas Moore, Soul Mates, p. 125)
19 November 2015