Category: Good causes

Let’s write a love letter

It’s a foggy autumn morning, and I’m going through the motions.

Dragging myself out of bed, getting ready in the bathroom, wrestling my hair into some style that won’t scare small children, dressing, getting the dog ready, checking that I have all three sets of keys…

But today, I have a little bonus to look forward to, a slightly longer weekend, because I’m done work at noon today.  I can’t wait to be done with my work day, so I can get home, brew a hot cup of tea and curl up with my stack of stationary.

I’m going to write some love letters to perfect strangers.

Yup, I know.  It seems like an odd thing to do, even odder from a cynic like me, but here’s something you may not know about me… I belonged to the More Love Letters Team.  I’d stepped away from it lately.  I felt like things were too busy, that I was going through too much, that I had such a horrible writer’s block that nothing was coming.  So I took a step back from writing love letters.

Until I received my own love letter and was reminded home much of an impact a little hand-written message of love can do for a person going through something tough.

I’d been through a few weeks of emotional rollercoasters; work stress was getting to me, my granddad passed away, we got some really sad news from an expectant friend and my brother’s wedding fell just days after my granddad’s funeral.  Big feelings, all across the spectrum; extreme sadness and joy.

Then last week, I came home from a horrible day to find a love letter in the mail from my friend (And MLL teamster).  It was such a great surprise to come home to.  A little note from someone saying they were thinking about me.  It made my week.

And it reminded me of how important an impact More Love Letters can have.

So I started thinking about writing love letters again.  I picked up a new package of notecards.  And then this week, I got the More Love Letters October Bundle email.  A call to write love letters for three amazing people that are going through some tough times.  Just like I had been going through. 

Three people that need a little encouragement, a little support and some love in the form of love letters crafted for just them by perfect strangers.

Take a few seconds to head over to the More Love Letters website, take a few minutes and pen a love letter for one, two, or all three of this month’s Love Letters bundle requests.

It’s just a little bit your of time and cursive, but for Kate, Jason and Deborah, it will make all the difference.

Time to get writing.

 

Let’s Talk

When I was 17, a friend of mine went missing.  She was my neighbour.  She was someone I looked up to and I thought she had it all together.  She’d gone to school to become a nurse, she had moved in with her long time boyfriend and was working her first ‘real’ job.

She always treated me like a kid sister and it was nice to have, because I grew up with a lot of brothers.  She had only brothers, too, so it was nice to have each other.  She was always so patient and kind to me, even though I was quite a few years younger than she was.  I remember going over to play with her doll house when I was really little, or being invited over when her family brought home their new puppy.  I remember spending Sunday afternoons sitting patiently with her while her mom tried to teach us how to knit.

When she went missing, everyone was so worried.  Her mom looked like she’d aged years in a matter of hours.  The morning she disappeared, she’d gone off to work, just as she always did.  Nothing seemed amiss.  Her boyfriend showed up at the end of the day to pick her up only to find out she hadn’t been at work, something so out of the ordinary for her.  We knew something was very wrong.

It wasn’t until a few days later that we knew what had happened to her.  My friend had committed suicide.

The news was a shock to everyone, but her mother later confided that she’d struggled with depression her whole life.  It just wasn’t something that was readily talked about.

We need to change that.  It’s something that we need to start talking about openly, because no one should feel hopeless.  No one should feel that overwhelmed, that lost, that desperate.  No one should feel that scared, that much pain, that much despair.  Because it gets better and there is help.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  So let’s not be afraid to talk about this crisis, because breaking the silence is the first step in helping those who are suffering.

Suicide Prevention Resources:

Canadian Association for the Prevention of Suicide
National Council for Suicide Prevention
The Trevor Project

 

For immediate help or support, call:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

 

 

 

The world needs more love letters.

So those of you that follow me on Twitter or read my blog may know that I’m on the love letter writing team for the World Needs More Love Letters.

This is an amazing project that started out so simply, but has grown into something huge. Hannah was leaving love letters she wrote to strangers across New York City. She truly believed in the strength of reaching out, even to a stranger, to say “Someone cares about you, you’re enough, you’re loved, people are thinking about you.” Through the connectedness of social media, soon Hannah was receiving requests for her love letters from people all over that needed some support or knew someone that was having a rough go. And so, in September 2011, The World Needs More Love Letters was born.
This is a project that is really close to my heart. And I think that’s a pretty big deal coming from me. I’m kinda known for my cynicism and jaded-ness. My cynicism was born from the fact that we humans seem to forget that we’ve all got stories, we’ve all come from somewhere and we’re all in this together. I believe in More Love Letters, because it reminds people that we’re all in this together and if we were all able to show a little more love, the world could truly be a better place.
Love Letters is looking for some support right now and with Valentine’s Day coming up, I was thinking what better way to show your loved ones you care about them than by sharing the love and supporting Love Letters. We could really use some help paying for all those stamps. Please visit the IndieGoGo campaign for More Love Letters or think about adopting a Love Letters Bundle or writing some love letters of your own to leave behind in your neighbourhood.