I’ve been involved with an organization called MoreLoveLetters.com for several months. In fact, my two 13-year-old children have recently joined me in writing notes of encouragement to absolute strangers, and then leaving them to be found. In February of 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t expect it, didn’t ask for it, certainly didn’t want it, but it was what was dealt to me and my family and, for now, I’m a two year and two month survivor. Maybe my “challenge” was what some people would consider a “big one,” but in my life before that diagnosis there were days that some of my problems seemed just as insurmountable as cancer. That’s where More Love Letters comes in.
Everybody needs a “love letter” sometime in their life and what could be more wonderful than to find encouragement tucked in to a book, hiding behind the milk at Starbucks, or laying in a grocery cart. When joy and encouragement can “come and find you” in your everyday life, how powerful is that? The other day I realized that I was ready, and wanted to go back to visit the people who had become so much a part of my life through my radiation treatments. It was a joyous day for me, but I looked around and I saw faces with the same expression that I’d worn two years ago. quietly slipped cards in to a couple of the magazines in the waiting room and gave thanks. Thanks that I was in the position to be able to do that, and thanks that writing all these notes, which has given me SUCH joy, could possible bring reassurance and hope to somebody I’ll never meet.
— Peggy, Tyson’s Corner Store, 1.5 years