A version of this post, written by Jaclyn Hugg (DWN Communications Team Member), was originally published on A Whispered Wish.
Fill-in-the-blank, would you? The world needs more _______.
…think about it
Okay, got it?
What did you say?
Depending on when presented with this challenge, I’m almost certain I would complete it differently each time because, let’s face it, the world needs a lot. The world needs more DREAMERS. The world needs more DOERS. The world needs more PUPPIES (I just made you say “awh”, didn’t I?). But really…who doesn’t love a warm, fluffy, cuddly little canine? I digress.
If you ask, Hannah Brencher, Founder and Creative Director of “More Love Letters” (MLL), she would likely say (and I quote her website), “The world needs more LOVE – “pure, old-fashioned, never goes out of style love. Ridiculous, oozing, cannot pack this thang into 140-characters kind of love. Fearless, bold, unstoppable love.”
I first heard about MLL through a website I visit almost daily called Positively Positive. This movement, aimed at lifting the spirits of complete strangers through the art of letter writing, called to my affinity for what I call “real mail” – you know…like cards, postcards, and letters people send via The United States Postal Service. My interested was piqued!
While perusing the MLL site and viewing Brencher’s TED talk, I learned that her individual effort – to write 400 love letters over the course of one year, bloomed into something that now has national and international attention and involvement. And those interested in participating in MLL’s quest have several options: they may 1) write and leave letters in random places for unsuspecting recipients to find, 2) write letters for Love Letter Bundles, and/or 3) nominate someone for a Love Letter Bundle.
With the nation’s (arguably) most romantic day quickly approaching, I’d invite you to join me in this simple act of service. If you do nothing else between now and February 14th, would you please write one love letter? It doesn’t have to be fancy – just a quick note of encouragement for someone you know, or perhaps a complete stranger that stumbles upon your words. In doing so, you might offer the recipient just what they need, just what their world needs.
Jaclyn Hugg is a member of DWN’s Communications team and is Assistant Director of Advising for the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University.