The Purpose of the You Matter Marathon
We’re living in a world where people crave connection, yet feel more isolated than ever. Every one of us is here for a reason. We are all essential. We need, and are needed by, each other.
The purpose of the You Matter Marathon is to create and enrich positive connections between people and within communities by sharing You Matter cards during November.
When you sign up to share the You Matter magic, we’ll mail you 30 You Matter cards for free. You can also participate as an Ambassador for a group such as a school, a company, or a religious organization. Cards are mailed in mid-October.
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“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.”
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes
How The You Matter Marathon Came About
Sometimes that’s all it takes…the feeling that one gets that she belongs; she is cared for; she matters. This reinforces in me how important it is for each of us to be seen; to not be forgotten about.
I’ve loved watching people’s faces light up when I give them a card and tell them how much they make a difference. I also love giving them anonymously by leaving them in a store or in someone’s house when I visit.
I gave a You Matter card to the cashier at Publix and she said “You just made my day!” As I walked away, I heard her tell someone else, “She just told me that I matter!” What she doesn’t know is the high it gave me.
Today I took clothes and purses to a local rehab for women. As I passed out my You Matter cards, I saw hope in each ladies eyes. Best Christmas ever.
I gave each child in my homeroom a You Matter card and signed it. Then I went around and shared with each of them why they mattered to me. It created a great atmosphere and encouraged communication.