J. A. Busfield is the author of Growing Up, Moving On: Love Letters, Vol. 1.
She’s been writing love letters since her adolescent days. At first,
they were full of hope and dreams. The kinds of thoughts a young woman
can’t help but have in a world that dramatizes romantic love as real
love. It’s an easy package to deliver: finding “the one” that will
fulfill all the longings of your heart and be the person you’ll life
partner with as you travel through life’s experiences.
Everyone tells you that hard times will come, even the dramas tell
you that hard times may come; but it is no matter, because “Love
conquers all.” But she learned that romantic love doesn’t have the
stamina to weather hard times; it is the choice to Love, the choice to
trust Love, that really makes getting through to the other side of
storms in life in one piece possible. And that kind of love, real love,
isn’t easy at all.
After surviving a few of those storms and looking back to review the
experiences, she realized that there is beauty to be found even in the
midst of the dark, scary times. Love’s light, though covered by black
clouds, can be seen in the silver-lined moments of faith and trust. The
choice to love yourself and to love others, no matter what
circumstances arise, is a commitment unlike any other. And it dawned on
her, that these moments should be recorded as well, as Love Letters.
She wanted to remember moments of choosing real love, whether it was
in the happy times or in the storms, so she starting writing a blog. In
this blog, she recorded moments of appreciation for other people who
shared the path of life with her. She wrote about the heat of passion,
searing her soul with desire. She honored the memory of what had been,
what could have been. And, of course, she said “I love you” in a dozen
ways, all with their own specific essence.
In the summer of 2011, she decided to pursue her writing career with
more fervor. In the time that she had been posting directly to the blog,
readers had mentioned how much courage they took away from the words
that were written, so she decided her first publication would be a
compilation of Love Letters.
As the process of compiling and editing (and more editing) came to a
close, she considered how wonderful it would be to share this with the
world. She had written in the preface that people should claim more
opportunities to share love and appreciation with each other. And
somewhere along the way, the idea to host a website for just that
opportunity came to fruition. And, so she finds herself the editor of an
amazing project; and can’t be happier about that fact.
You can stay in touch with J. A. Busfield on Facebook and Twitter.