Share Your 'You Matter Marathon' Story

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Judy Judy wrote on November 1, 2017 at 10:36 am:
I just gave out my first You Matter card. I thought it would be to someone down and out to help lift them up. To my surprise, I gave it to one of the most upbeat person I have ever met. A preschool director. I have known her over a year and have Never seen her without a smile, a kind word for everyone, etc. when I saw her this morning I thought even the most upbeat person wants to know they matter. She hugged me and thanked me and I walked away feeling I gave it to the right person to start off the marathon!
Kenna Richardson Kenna Richardson wrote on November 1, 2017 at 10:01 am:
First let me say when I saw You Matter I was very excited. I am so glad I heard about the program on a news report and decided to participate.
Years ago in the 1990's I was given a ribbon with much the same intent. I was attending a conference for work and the ribbons were passed around to the participants. We were told to make a difference by passing on our ribbon. When I left the room I saw someone who appeared to need inspiration. Therefore, I passed my ribbon on to a gentleman who I only knew briefly but felt he had a kind heart and wonderful spirit. From that day we have discussed the ribbon and he shared how much he appreciated the kindness. To this day he is still a special friend who is near and dear to my heart.
Ramona C. Bradshaw Ramona C. Bradshaw wrote on September 28, 2017 at 7:31 am:
Last night while waiting for my husband of 15 years to come home after a 12 hour shift. I was taken back by a phone call, "I'm ok" but the bike... I quickly asked "Are YOU ok?" The motorcycle can be replaced but "You Matter" more than the bike! My husband knew that my 1999 Springer Softail belong to my late brother and it was my pride and joy. It broke his heart to lay it down when a deer ran out of the dark. I can't imagine life without him by my side!
When I turned on the morning news I heard of the "You Matter Marathon" and it was eye opening moment. If I could only give one to each of victims of the recent disasters and the people working with the humanitarian crisis. To give hope in a time of despair is what we all need in this day and time. Thank you for this program it is a blessing to know that someone hears our cry for help and is willing to reach out. 🙂
Dr. Nell Rodgers Dr. Nell Rodgers from Dr. Nell Rodgers wrote on April 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm:
THANK YOU! I keep them in my pocket, my purse, at my front door, in my car, etc. I have given out my first 1000 and am well into the second. The responses and "stories" are wonderful, wonder-full, amazing and filling. What terrific movement you have begun.
Bobby Besenfelder Bobby Besenfelder wrote on November 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm:
My husband and I are handing out "You Matter" cards this month and the experience has been amazing! You touch people's lives and they yours that would never have happened if not for this marathon. I want to share one encounter that will remain with me forever.
I was in an elevator, at a motel, while on a weekend away. A young man, very emaciated dripping wet in his bathing suit got in with me. I commented on him taking a swim and he said he took a "soak" in the hot tub. The conversation went further, me asking him where he was from and was he on holiday. His response, "I have given up the will to live and I am checking things off my bucket list." My heart dropped and I reached into my purse, saying that I had something for him, and gave him a "You Matter" card as we got out of the elevator. He read it, shook his head, and we walked in silence a few feet to our room, which were next door to each other. I heard him mumble under his breath as he entered his room, "I'll be damned. I matter."
Melissa Melissa wrote on November 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm:
First off, Thank You Cheryl for taking a leap and bringing this project to life! I have given my cards in person to 11 strangers and it is an interesting experience. My inner critic speaks up and tells me "they are not going to get this or they will think you are nuts"! I'm happy to report that my inner critic has gone silent. Every stranger has had a positive reaction to these cards. I have given them for co workers to find and have sent a few in the mail. I love spreading kindness and love!
RoMaLa Crochet RoMaLa Crochet wrote on November 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm:
The cards arrived on time and I am enjoying distributing them so far. People have been positive upon receiving the cards. I look fwd to opportunities to put another smile on someone's face.
Linda Jackim Linda Jackim wrote on November 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm:
The "You Matter" marathon has been a heart-warming experience for me as I have secretly and sometimes not so secretly delivered this powerful message. These two words have touched the lives of family members, custodians, educational support staff, and security personnel at my school and people who are currently navigating difficult circumstances in their lives. Today over 50 teachers opened a training manual that contained a "You Matter" card. I saw the look on their faces. One person had tears in her eyes and others smiled. This group is preparing to facilitate conversations with our 9th graders on topics related to identity, dignity/empathy. stereotypes/biases and community. "You Matter" = "We All Matter." I can't be me without you.
Kim Allen-Struebing Kim Allen-Struebing wrote on November 17, 2016 at 2:59 pm:
I joined the YuMM at the beginning of the month after finding out about it from the GreaterGood website. I enthusiastically signed up to receive my You Matter cards and started my marathon with running shoes on! After handing out a few cards to unexpected strangers and realizing the impact these 2 little words made to each recipient, I decided to pass this good will message on! I lead an "Inspirational Discussion" group each week at a senior community where I work. 2 weeks ago I invitated participants to join in on the YuMM movement. I handed out 10 cards to each person to start with, and challenged them to give a card to 10 people of their choosing during the week. The following week at our discussion I asked who they chose to give to, what was the person's reaction and how the group members felt after witnessing their reaction? Each member responded with an overwhelming sense of joy and heartfelt impact from their ability to brighten someone's day and touch their life in an instant. The responses were priceless. More cards were requested and the invitation to join the YuMM was passed on to their friends and family. The ripple effect continues to grow spreading kindness, compassion, and most importantly the message that we all matter and are not alone! Thank you Cheryl for beginning this movement and all you YuMMies who continue this magical marathon!!!
Kristine Kristine wrote on November 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm:
I've been going to the same dentist for over 30 years. Most of his staff have been with him for as long (or longer). They have literally watched me (and my teeth) grow up. I brought cards for each of them. I took a moment to express how much they mean to me as I handed them a card. There were tears and hugs all around. They have been there for me through traumatic life experiences, not just dental work. They are family to me.
Laura Laura wrote on November 17, 2016 at 2:06 pm:
Day 17 of the YMM and unlike most marathon's this one actually empowers the participant (me) instead of making me way exhausted! Positive vibes incredibly produce MORE instead of less! Thank you for creating this wonderful vehicle to help turn on the light within. I relish each opportunity to share a card. I left one in the locked up postal box for the post-person to find, gave one to the "Apple Genius" when he was patiently listening to my computer's woes, the checkout person in the grocery store turned her yawn into a nice smile when she was presented one! And the list goes on....this is one habit I will look forward to integrating into my life, even AFTER the Marathon is finished! ?
Weslie Ann Rodgers Weslie Ann Rodgers wrote on November 17, 2016 at 4:46 am:
Not being new to gifting, I found this gift opened up people's hearts even more, shown with their smiles, and emotions that could be described as close to
tears. One friend of a recipient came to tell me, "You don't know how much
that means to him." I now put them in library books, behind products on the
grocery shelves, on bulletin boards. under things! I love the idea of people
finding gifts and smiling, laughing, crying, etc.
Becki Becki wrote on November 12, 2016 at 5:39 pm:
A group of psychology students on our campus was participating in a "Random Acts of Kindness" event this past week - passing out treats and uplifting quotes at the entryway to the campus. I approached and accepted their offering and then had the joy of sharing a card with each of them. It was fun to add a twist to their activity - and be able to thank them for what they were doing for our community!
Peggy Magar Peggy Magar wrote on November 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm:
The first three cards were handed to my teenagers and they each asked for a couple to hand out as well. After coordinating days each would give out their card, they moved on with their day. When the first one handed out a card, they were so shocked that it was received so warmly that they asked to be able to hand out cards all year long. Can anyone say, Christmas presents?! They are having a hard time waiting for their "day".

On election day in the US, I handed out a card to one of our poll workers I've seen over the years. She started crying and said that she wasn't sure how I knew that she was feeling worthless and unimportant but that the card made her day! We hugged and I sat to talk with her for a bit. What a wonderful feeling for BOTH of us!

The next day I handed out a card to a man who said that he felt unimportant and unloved as a result of the election but that the card helped him realize that there are people who love him and his family and want them here.

This exercise has not only touched the student who felt suicide was the only answer, the vet on the corner and people normally overlooked but has enriched my life immeasurably. Thank you!
Lydia Watts Lydia Watts wrote on November 11, 2016 at 9:34 pm:
I gave my first "You Matter" card to my partner. He lit up and immediately wanted a bunch to hand out to people.

Today I gave 22 cards to co-workers. Most of them said they wanted to cry, some hugged me, some said this was EXACTLY what they needed right then, one said I LOVE THIS. It was wonderful for me and for them!
Virginia Reeves Virginia Reeves wrote on November 11, 2016 at 3:39 am:
Today I sent out 5 cards (3 friends, 2 relatives) and slipped in a card for the recipient and two extras for them to share. I decided to 'spread the wealth' and get them in on this wonderful marathon. I have one sitting on my desk by the computer to remind myself that I too am special and worthy. My husband is getting one in his Thanksgiving card. Looking forward to handing out the rest.
Kelley Rico Kelley Rico wrote on November 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm:
In every case, each recipient of my card actually fought back tears. They all hugged and kissed me. It was a powerful reminder that doing the right thing, the loving thing, always works, somehow. They also, ALL, have said they'd put the card somewhere visible, to remind themselves that....they DO matter. Thank you for this fantastic opportunity!
Patricia Westall Patricia Westall wrote on November 10, 2016 at 7:41 pm:
Was hesitant at first to hand out cards but had a new insight the other day - went to the Dollar store and bought multiple thank you cards - for the past lady, the "paper boy" the trash collector, the yard man, the house cleaner, the local checkout counter clerk at Publix - and put a card into each card.. Just staring with that but seems comfortable to say thanks at the same itime.
Kehaulani Lum Kehaulani Lum wrote on November 10, 2016 at 5:25 pm:
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this beautiful movement of love and peace! I was thrilled when I opened your handwritten envelope (a rarity these days) and found the cards! The first feeling that I had was gratitude to you for conceiving this precious gift. It is like a ray of purple sunshine!

My first card went to a counselor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, who is working hard to help people recover from their addictions. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been saving lives and restoring families from substance abuse and addiction for more than 60 years. It felt wonderful to acknowledge his healing power.

The rest of the cards will be handed out randomly, as I travel across the country in the next month. They will go to people who do the simple tasks that help us flourish, yet, who are seldom recognized. In this way, with intention, they will help me to focus on the acts of loving kindness around me.

Thank you for your generous act of reminding us of this simple, yet, profound message.

Especially at this moment, in America and in the world, You Matter.

Ruth Buxton Ruth Buxton wrote on November 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm:
On 11/08/16 my husband and I went to our local polling place to vote. There was a problem with the machine that accepted the completed ballots. While waiting in line while the machine was being looked at, I spotted 2 on-duty police officers from our town standing to my right. I opened my purse and took out 2 YOU MATTER cards. Before we left, I handed one to each officer. Each thanked me as they looked at their card. With all the negativity in the news lately about police officers, I was so moved to pass out the first 2 cards I had given out to 2 police officers. This is a great "marathon" and I feel humbled to be part of it. Thank you so much!

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