Posted by Caroline, guest blogger for Tom’s of Maine, New York City
The world spins only once a day, but what a web it can weave in such a short time. From space, our earth looks so serene, a green orb floating among the stars; clouds giving it a dewy comforting blanket. It seems impossible that up close, under the magic stars and rainy mist, lies so much trouble, so much sadness, misunderstanding running rampant.
Just as the earth looks so calm and beautiful from afar, our fellow humans while struggling mightily, appear outwardly fine, commonplace and without the need for help.
Our own personal worlds, the ones we create all on our own, full of our families, our work, our hopes, pets, homes, appointments, cars, bills, children, parents, broken washing machines…it’s so easy to leave others out. Our lives are so much our own, it’s hard to let another person in, to think of strangers, to think of the billions of others walking around who are not unlike ourselves.
Hannah at MoreLoveLetters.com decided it was time for her to stop ignoring what is happening out there in our great big world. People can get lost, in just a day they can get turned around, not know where to turn, get pummeled by sadness, feel the anguish of their heart breaking; and they could be standing right next to you, right now.
The man on the train could be raging a war with himself; the girl in the bathroom could be utterly lonely, fighting demons. And you can help. It’s time to act, it’s time to tell each other that no matter how deeply in trouble we are: that we are not alone. We will lift each other out of the darkness.
The World Needs More Love Letters is starting a miracle, and you can start one too. Send a love letter to someone, to a stranger, to someone in need- which is everyone. The site is uplifting and it’s powerful it is pull to join. You can help pick someone up and dust them off, help set them on a course to happiness and all it takes is a love letter.
Hannah has collected bundles of letters, for all kinds of people; those who have lost their moms, those who have broken hearts, those who’ve survived hurricanes, those battling cancer, AIDS and MS, she has sent letters to those who have simply lost their way.
The letters bring joy, light, and laughter to their recipients. The letters contain messages such as: you are loved, courage does not always roar, hope glitters, rise above the darkness, feel better, aspire to be, the sun will shine again.
While we travel around the sun on our beautiful crazy earth, while we see the state of things, the trouble, and the blinding love; it’s easy to see that it’s true: the world really does need more love letters.
Caroline Weller is an Associate News Editor at the Huffington Post and a pop culture and politics-obsessed blogger. She lives in New York City with no cats and subsists mostly on noodles of all kinds.