Y’ALL. It’s December 16! Which means… less than 10 days until Christmas! Ah!!!
I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to tune out, take off, and disappear for a little while. I’m going to try this thing called shutting off social media (yes, I’m serious). I’m going to drink way too much coffee and spend way too much time on the couch. I’m going to write and laugh and dream and sleep and it’s going to be all kinds of wonderful.
But before that happens…
I’m so honored today to use this space as a way to take part in the More Love Letters 12 Days of Love Letter Writing campaign. More Love Letters (MLL) is a global organization using the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to strangers in need all over the world. The mission is simple: Love big. Love fast. Love hard.
(Recap: There’s lot of love. So just as a warning, prepare your heart. Cause there’s lots of love in here for you, too.)
Every year, MLL puts out a special call called the 12 Days of Love Letter Writing to gather an army of writers from across the world to assemble special letter bundles for people like you and me who need a little extra love this holiday season. It’s MLL’s biggest + brightest campaign: 12 days of letter requests. Lots of hot cocoa. A lot of good done. And bundles of hundreds of love letters dropped at strangers’ doorsteps.
I’m so honored that this year, MLL asked me to help assemble a massive love letter bundle for Cody, a firefighter and police officer in South Carolina. Here’s the love letter bundle request:
“Cody is the most selfless and giving person I know”, writes his good friend. He is the Captain at a fire department, as well as a police officer, and goes above and beyond to help people outside of work.. He spends most of his time striving to help others and save lives. In fact, that’s how they met; “he saved my life almost 10 years ago”. He is selfless and full of good heart for others, but Cody, in his positions, rarely gets a thank-you that his heart deserves.
Lately, Cody has been through a lot and has fallen a little lost. Let us remind him just how thankful we are for him, and just how much he is loved by perfect strangers. There is still good to be spread in the word, let’s be a part of that with Cody.”
So I wrote Cody a letter. And I’m sharing it here (but it’s also going in real, live snail mail, too), because I think we can never really say thank you too many times. And I definitely don’t think we say it enough. Especially to those who are perfectly happy with doing things for no praise and very little appreciation. So Cody, this is for you. But it’s also for you too. A precious reminder that you’re loved and appreciated and worthy and known. That you’re needed. And valued. And that there are people who are so thankful for you. Yes, you.
You are irreplaceable.
Dear Cody —
First, I want to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for your service. Your passion and energy and dedication to those in your community. I have no doubt that the way you live life, the way you lead, the way you put others first has inspired everyone who has the blessing and pleasure of knowing you. And even those who haven’t met you. I have no doubt you’ve inspired your teammates, your family and friends. I’m writing today to let you know just how appreciated you are. Every time you put that uniform on, every day you get up to go to work, every time you put someone in your community first, you are appreciated. You are needed and valued and irreplaceable. You are one of a kind. And I know that stuff is hard to believe, because believe me, I’m bad at believing that stuff about myself too. But take a minute, and let these words sink in. Let them ring true and really, really feel them.
You are valued. Talented. Gifted. A blessing. You are so, so appreciated.
We haven’t met, but I feel like we’d really get along if ever did. I know you’ve got a heart the size of a lion, and compassion to match. We need more people like you in the world, we really do.
Wishing you a holiday full of love and rest and peace and gratitude. Wishing you time to sit back and let others pour back into you what you’ve poured out for them. Wishing you a time of positive reflection and lots and lots of yummy dessert.
Meaghan Taylor O’Connor
Alright, y’all — now it’s your turn! I’d be so honored and excited if you join me in writing letters for Cody. If you do write a letter, take a picture, leave a comment, tag me @megtoconnor and @moreloveletters on Instagram and use the hashtag #12DaysMLL.
PLEASE MAIL ALL LOVE LETTERS TO
℅ Lauren J.
2479 Country Club Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29302
So grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa (or my new favorite thing… combine them both!), and let’s get to writing. And sharing. And spreading just a little more good in the world than was there before. Because Cody deserves to know love this year. To know deep in his bones just how appreciated he really is.