Reprinted with permission. This article first appeared on PositivelyPositive. Hannah Brencher is a writer, speaker, and creator pinning her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. After spending a year writing and mailing over 400 love letters to strangers across the world, Hannah launched The World Needs More Love Letters in August 2011—a global organization fueled by volunteer “letter writers,” now in fifty states and forty-seven countries.
I was not so sure about this idea but boy am I glad I read the story. I do really love this idea and want to thank you for opening my eyes a bit. I think I get caught up in conventional ways of kindness and think that is enough but now I am seeing that there are many ways to expand with my kindness. Thank you and I love you Hannah!
lovely! thank you for sharing Hannah's story. She is a beautiful young woman, making a positive impact with her gift of the written word to uplift others. Keep up the good work, one small action at at time. And to all of us, let's use our gifts for positive impact too. I got my Free Hugs sign right here. HUG!
I also like this story, but also wonder on how a very American story it is. Americans do not realize that repetitive use of the phrase, "Thank you" , sending cards and now love letters to random strangers is a great deed believing that whoever found such a letter would become edified. I am not sure I will open an envelop that I just happened to find or even find in my pile of envelops sent from random marketers and mistaken addresses etc. Why not an envelop with some $ to a homeless person or a poor and starving child or holding the hands of a dying person in the hospital.....why not do something tangible for those less fortunate. Sorry for sounding a spoiler in the chorus of cheers for something which I find culturally strange even after living in the west for over 30 years
is being willing to crumble sometimes, to bring someone else in, to ask for
help, to admit that you are only human and actually do need others to grow
stronger." this is my take away, thank you as is another piece in puzzle
of why capitalism has gone awry. Everyone out for their own interests in an
extractive economic construct is killer and yet we seem reluctant to change
this old badly designed system. We could drop it like the dis-ease it is and
start generative, sustainable, healthier economic designs. If we can't reach
out, admit we are in a greater relationship to life than merely taking
advantage of it, then we will wither under our own ignorance. That is just
wrong!. Let's be like Hannah and reach out, focus on building trust in
relationships and organizing to design systems that really validate equality,
the free flow of information, the genius within everyone and the amazing
capacity of the natural world. ( we are only beginning to understand how little
we know, we are not the solitary mechanically functioning thing that Newton and
Industrialism told us we were) When we design systems that align with nature,
we will be healthier; we will evolve and open possibilities; that is the future
i want my granddaughters to inherit.
Hello this is a wonderful post and beautiful to read your story and how inspired you have been. I want to introduce you to the wonderful love story we continued and now call Global Love Letters www.globalloveletters.com do pass by and take a watch and read. Think you will enjoy it. Keep shining and being the love you want to see in the world.xx
I love this. Last year after reading a blog here about doing something similar, I made ten little notes that I placed in various spots at my son's high school. In the girls' bathroom, on a drinking fountain, a chair. . . little notes that said things like "you matter" or "you are perfect just the way you are." My son got into a little trouble, and I was at school for a meeting, and imagine my surprise when he walked over to a vending machine with me and he pulled out a note I'd left. It said "don't judge yourself through others' eyes." The most apropos note just for him. (he had no idea I'd left notes around school and it was complete synchronicity that he happened to come upon it.)
There's power in this kind of sharing.
Bless you, Hannah.