My sister, Renee, posted a wonderful story about a young woman who hand-wrote anonymous letters of encouragement, kindness and warmth to strangers, then quietly placed them all over New York City- on car windshields, in bicycle baskets, libraries, and coffee shops. She didn’t wait to see people’s reaction- she didn’t do it for the notoriety. She did it to help herself through her own rough patch. She found strength through her encouragement of others. Once she launched her website, the movement grew. Soon, she was responsible for people receiving “bundles” of letters, sometimes hundreds at a time- at a moment they most needed them. Over 60,000 ‘love letters’ across six continents have been received because of her kindness, her willingness to be present for a stranger.
She simply asked this question: “Do YOU need a love letter today? Just ask.”
Do you? Yes– you, reading this right now– DO you?
Because this letter is for you.
Today, I am holding you in my mind and in my heart, willing you to be courageous and strong, yet forgiving of yourself. We are, none of us, perfect. We lose our way, we find it again, and then we blink and it’s gone and we are out looking for it all over again. This stuff of being human is work, and it can be lonely and hard, and sometimes it feels like we are alone in the moment, in the story, in the universe.
Today is different, friend. Because today, I’ve got you covered. Let me hold your worries, and your troubles for this brief time. I’ve got strength enough for the both of us.
Rest. Put your feet up, I got this.
All I ask is that you be kind to yourself, remember that you are doing the best you can with what you have. And if you aren’t, then try again tomorrow. It is simply how we’re made- imperfect, but all wanting the same basic things: to be loved, to find safety and happiness and the chance to live in a way that has meaning for us, and for the people we love.
It’s okay that you aren’t perfect, that you didn’t get it all right, that you missed something, or made a mistake. It’s okay. Really. Do what you need to in order to make it right inside of you. That’s all you can control, or fix.
Yes, start again tomorrow, after you’ve caught your breath, and remembered your purpose.
I will still be here, just read this letter again, meant just for you. Yes, you.
With respect, gratitude and encouragement just for you-
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This blog was originally published by the Times Union and can be accessed here.