Last night I was having a little peruse of TED and came across a video titled ‘Love Letters to Strangers’ by Hannah Brencher, who has started an inspiring global initiative called The World Needs More Love Letters, based in New York. This acts as a hub to send handwritten letters to those in need of encouragement and love as well as a centre that track of letters and notes that have been left and found in coffee shops, trains, libraries (anywhere!), spreading love and goodwill to strangers around the world.
You can read more about this beautiful idea on their website here
And you can see Hannah’s talk at TED@New York here
This has truly inspired me so… I’ve just written my first ever love letter to a stranger. I’m going to take it to my campus library and slot it into one of the course books for the teacher training.
I’m in my final year now of teacher training so I know how gruelling the course can be, and at times the thought of actually being a teacher seems daunting; something you’d want to run away from (very far and very fast!). So I wrote this note which, I hope will be an encouragement to someone who’s also feeling like that, as they struggle to get their lesson plans done on time.
Although at first writing to a complete stranger was a bit of a strange, once I’d finished I felt a bit giddy – I have no idea who will read my letter or when, I can just hope that it will brighten someone’s day and spread a bit of love – and being able to do that for someone you’ve never met before, just through a note hidden in a book is a very exciting idea.