As many things do, it came across my radar on Facebook. It was one of those "your friend liked this" type deals
and it was about #MoreLoveLetters.
I read the first page of the site, explored some of the other tabs, and was immediately hooked.
Every day when I get the mail, it's a fairly depressing thing. Don't you remember when you were a kid and you RAN to the mailbox, flipped it open and shuffled through the mail? It was so exciting. Even the catalogs were cool.
Now I open my mail in front of the recycle box. At least 90% of it is automatically round filed.
So a couple of years ago, I started sending cards to people I know, just so they'd get a happy piece of mail once in a while.
But this takes it up a notch. You are sending mail to someone you've never met, actually really just - tossing that letter out into the universe, with the expectation and the hope that it will get to exactly the person who needs to read it the very most.
The backstory on More Love Letters is super cool. Go read it.
I like how people can request love letters for those in their life who may need a little extra lovin'. I haven't yet participated in any of those - I may, in time. But I really wanted to focus on my community.
And believe you me, I went back and forth, back and forth - should I even post about this? Was I bragging? Was I sharing to have everyone tell me how awesome and cool I was to do this?
What was my thought process, anyway?
And I decided to share, not for accolades - but because I really and truly, deep down in my soul, feel like we should ALL do this.
I have, so far, completed and dropped off 42 cards. There are thought starters on the site, and letters you can copy - and I did a few like that, but I felt the best about it when I wrote what I might like to read.
I addressed them different ways - To You, To a Friend, Read Me!, If You Need a Smile, This is For You - Yes, You!
and the little couple of sentences on the last set of letters.
There were some really great ideas here: http://www.moreloveletters.com/new-blog/
I taped them to gas pumps, left them in public bathrooms propped on mirrors, dropped them in shopping carts when people weren't looking, stuck one in between two gallons of milk. I left one in the trial size aisle at Wal-Mart - in the shampoos, and in the areas that sell Baby Tylenol, Depends, and antacids - yes, I have a really weird sense of humor. I left two in the ABC store where my favorite alcohol brands are and even, in a moment of reckless abandon, stuck one in the crack of the window of a police car.
I've gotta tell you, my heart pounded for a few minutes after I did that. I drove away as quickly as possible.
I don't have neat handwriting, and I'm not gifted with artistic ability - I can't decorate the envelopes or cards inside beautifully. I bought ten .50 cards from Wal-Mart, generic cards that just wished the reader a beautiful day, and then bought a set of blank cards from Hallmark. My cards are just plain, ordinary things - no one is saving them because they are beautiful works of art.
I tried, as much as I could, to be encouraging and heartfelt, to tell the reader that s/he was special, unique, amazing and wonderful. I wrote different things in different letters, sealed them up
and sent them out into the universe, hoping and praying all the while that the correct one got to the person who needed it most. I hope it helped even one person. I hope they didn't all get tossed in the garbage as a wasted effort.
Write #MoreLoveLetters. I am committing to it every week.
Only good can come of it.