Each letter I've written so far has been different. Some are more heartfelt and vulnerable than others. Some are just my attempts at handlettering pretty words. But I figured I'd share one of them:
We don't know each other, and we probably never will. But it is my mission to write letters to strangers, because I want to spread a little more love. It's hard to love well, let alone love strangers well. I get so caught up in my own life that I forget other people exist sometimes. This letter-writing is my attempt at changing that. I want to pay attention and notice those around me. I want people to know they are known and thought about and loved. That includes you. You are so loved and you are a wonderful person. I'm saying that (even though I have no idea who you are) because I truly believe that there is good in every person. Some are just hiding it more than others.
I know this may come off as strange, but I hope you take my words to heart. And I hope they give you the courage to get out there and love a stranger today, too.
As I'm working through this 100-day project, it's only fitting that I'm also reading "If You Find This Letter" -- Hannah Brencher's memoir about her experience with writing love letters to strangers. I just finished reading a chapter tonight that really spoke to me and my intentions for this endeavor:
The point wasn't to be known. The point wasn't to be found. I was just so in love with the things of this world that take you elsewhere--out from your own shoes--I thought maybe if I could put a few of those things out there in the world, it might be enough for that day.
The 100 people who pick up my letters don't need to find me or know who I am. But I want them to feel known. It's a weird form of sacrificial love. Writing these letters really does take me out of my own shoes. It makes me think about all the different types of people who could potentially read them. It could be someone whose car just got towed, someone who just lost a loved one, someone who just failed an exam, someone who doesn't know where they are or where they're going. It could be someone who just got a promotion, someone who is falling in love, someone who bought their first home.
It doesn't matter which end of the spectrum your life is balancing on. A simple letter from a stranger can make you take a step back and look at things a little differently than you were before.