Heartfelt advice is such wonderful wealth. And it’s even more meaningful when it’s in a letter, which someone took the time to write, and shape with their own beautiful language, handwriting and style.
This is one of my favorites, between a father and a son. John Steinbeck wrote to his son about the meaning of love. I really don’t need to say anything else.
Enjoy this sincere, kind wisdom. I almost feel its warmth emanating from the pages…of care, of experience, of hope, of trust. May we all trust love.
“Love…is an outpouring of everything good in you–of kindness, and consideration and respect–not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable…[This] can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had…And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens–the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”
– John Steinbeck, to his son Thom
John Steinbeck was a Nobel Prize-winning author, whose most famous works include The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men. Born in 1902, Steinbeck grew up in a small city in Monterey County in California, the son of German immigrants. The community was extremely rural and he worked with migrants on a farm. He later said that this taught him about the struggles of migrant life and the potentially bad aspects of human nature. In 1919, he went on to study English Literature at Stanford University. He later left without graduating and he would struggle to find jobs to support him while writing. In 1942, he met and married Gywndolyn Conger and they had two sons together. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature. Steinbeck’s works often addressed social issues such as ecology, cultural standards and the condition of laborers.