I follow and enjoy Candace Thoth‘s blog and encourage you to go take a look at her gentle, loving writing. She penned a wonderful post the other day, Spreading Love One Card at a Time, in which she turned a philosophical discussion of what would constitute an ideal day into an action that is bringing smiles to strangers. I think her idea is brilliant. She’s had mini MOO Cards (a half size business card) printed up with a loving message and is handing them out. She decided that her message would be, “May this card serve as a reminder that you are loved.” Can you imagine how you would feel if someone just handed this message to you and walked away? (Talk about an introvert’s dream method of communication! But that’s a topic for another blog.)
This comes on the heels of finding an interesting TED talk, Hannah Brencher’s “Love letters to strangers”. She has started a campaign to write love letters to strangers. Real letters. Snail mail, pen on paper letters of human concern for strangers. I’ve signed up to receive letter writing requests and I hope I can find the time to send some out. There is a request that nudges my heart, to write a letter to a husband who has supported his new wife through a long illness. A lot of the things he did are reminiscent of what I went through when Cee was in a coma and going through physical therapy after that. I know how demanding that sort of thing is, and I can easily imagine how astounded and touched I would have been to get encouragement and support from perfect strangers. The campaign is asking for letters of appreciation so that he knows how much his caring has meant.
Unconditional love. Reaching out to strangers. Little things that will change the world. I guess I’m hearing all of these messages now because I’ve found so much joy in reaching out to all of you introverts in this world. I’m not alone, and neither are you. If I had a message it would be that you don’t have to feel guilty about being different, unique, and not fitting the mold. I’d say to everyone, introvert and extrovert alike, to take the time to listen, open your heart, and let someone know that they are loved just for being themselves.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person. ~~ Mother Teresa
What would your MOO card say? What would you put in your love letter?
Chris also contributes to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.