Our Words Are Powerful Difference Makers

Today I have two things to share with you. Both involve letters. Both involve helping others. Both involve adding more love to the world in a time when I think we can all use a little bit more of it.

First up...18 months ago I had a website up where you could request a letter to be sent to anyone you wanted. You'd give me a name, an address and let me know a little bit about whoever I was writing to and I'd take care of the rest. I used to love writing these letters. It was always a challenge, and I really took the time to pause, try as best as I could to put myself in that person's shoes, breathe deeply and ask the Universe what words I'd want to hear if I was in the same position.

I wrote letters to people who just found out they had cancer. I wrote letters to people who felt down on themselves and struggled with self-worth. I wrote a letter to a mom to be who was pregnant with twins but stuck on bed rest because one of the babies wasn't going to make it. Hard, difficult situations the people of this world have to deal with. Each and every one of us has our own battles, and more often than not, we'll never ever know what other folks are struggling with daily. Those are a few of the lessons I learned while writing letters to people I will probably never meet.

I also learned how much of an impact our words can have on someone. If you're new to Hello Happiness, or haven't been to our site in a while, you might not have seen our mission statement. It reads as follow...

We believe our words are a powerful force of encouragement. 
We believe we can use our words to show up for those we love with compassion, empathy and understanding.
We believe we exist to love and be loved.

We believe with our words, we can make the world a more beautiful place.

I whole-heartedly believe in every word of our mission statement and do my best to live those values out daily. I leave letters everywhere I go for strangers to find. I write gratitude letters to friends and folks who've inspired me somewhere along my life's journey. I know these letters have touched people. I know these letters have helped others feel seen...to feel like they matter (because we all matter).

When we launched Hello Happiness Card Co last November, we couldn't really find a space to put the letter requests that made sense, so they went away. But recently, a friend approached me about raising funds for Syrian refugees, and if there was anything I had to offer. I instantly thought this would be the perfect time to bring back the letters. It's simple. $5 goes directly to help out Syrian refugees, and I write a letter to whoever you'd like. You can find more info here. I'd love to get so many letter requests my hand cramps up from writing them all.

Let's face it, we have a choice every time we choose to speak, type out a comment online, send an e-mail. We can use our words for good or to tear others down. I prefer to use mine for good. Here's an example of a letter I wrote the other day...

It reads...

Hey there. Thank you for your bravery. Thank you for your courage. Thanks for getting out of bed this morning. Thanks for putting one foot in front of the other and facing the world today. Thanks for showing up and loving with your whole heart. I know how hard all of that can be sometimes. I want you to remember that while some days feel like nothing but darkness, others are filled with nothing but light. Hold on to those days. For the beauty of this world far exceeds it's difficulties. And you bring so much light with you wherever you go. Never, ever forget that, my friend. You are magic + I believe in you.

With love,

Help me write more letters. Let's help out some people who need it, both at home and people who are moving into new homes. We're all scared. And we're all part of a shared collective of people called humanity. Our hearts are all beating. Blood is flowing through our bodies. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. 

My second request is this...I recently ran across a story about a little girl who lost her entire family and became homeless because of a senseless arson attack. I can't imagine living through a situation like that. Feel free to click the link and read for yourself. My request is this. There's a PO box where we can send holiday cards to. Wouldn't it be amazing for little Safyre to feel so loved right now? If you can spare a card and a stamp, you can make this 5 year old's day a little bit better.

Just mail letters to:

P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306

Josh Solar

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