I sent several of the YOU MATTER cards through the mail. One in particular was to an old college roommate. I received a heart felt emiail THANKING me for the card. She received it the day after the elections. She was very discouraged with the results and the card helped bring everything into perspective. She says she will pass it on.
Initially I was a bit embarrassed to give out the You Matter card ?. But I had pledged to do it, so I set myself to it. The first one I left to be found, then I thought that was a bit of a cheat. So the next one I gave to a supermarket checkout lady. "Thank you--you've made my day". That encouraged me to give out more. At first I gave them to women thinking men might think they were fluffy or embarrassing.
No, just do it, I said to myself. I gave a card to the male receptionist at a youth centre--a moment of incomprehension, and then a big smile. "Thank you!"
In this time of anger and alienation, I encourage you to reach out with two words, you matter. No matter how hard it is to get over that reserve, it is really worth it.
As I read the posts this morning, I realized I wanted to gift myself a card....or maybe several around the house where I will see them all day: to help me remember myself and my guy with more love and appreciation.
I have thoroughly had a blast with this Marathon! As I was leaving my weekly therapy appointment at the DPT Institute, the parking lot has designated parking for it's clients, Knowing how I FEEL after a group or individual therapy session a parked car seemed Just perfect to leave a "You Matter" card ion the windshield! ?
Thank you for adding this option to share our "You Matter" stories! I was waiting in line at a specialty coffee house (keep in mind that this was NOT a drive up/slosh out your coffee drink establishment) The person in front of me was waiting to give his order while the barista prepared a beverage for the customer that was before him. When she was done, she smiled at the man and was going to make his beverage when, & I could SEE his veins popping out of his neck as he let the poor barista know what he thought about her service! I could not hear (steaming milk IS very loud) WHAT he told her, however I could see that the tongue lashing left her feeling not so great. (seriously who would feel ok after that??) She smiled bravely and then asked me about my order, and that is when THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY to share a You Matter card presented itself.! ?
It was awesome! (and I still gave her a ? tip because that comes in handy as well!)
My experience is similar to Julie Higgins'. I am much more aware of people that I encounter and what their struggles may be. Hence more connected with the people I meet.
Thanks for this opportunity for growth.