One million lovely letters is something I’ve been working on since I was eleven. Ever since Ms Wrights Science Class in Year 7 I have been leaving people notes. In between text books, on buses, in libraries and as I got older in pubs, restaurants and as I got a little older in doctors surgeries and hospital beds – anywhere I thought that maybe someone might need a little bit of cheering up, reassurance or just a reminder that actually they are pretty lovely. It’s never been a “thing” – just something I’ve done. I think everyone deserves to know that they are thought of and they are loved. Even if it is by a complete stranger.
This is where my idea for One Million Lovely Letters has come from. Although I hope every little note I’ve left someone, somewhere has reached someone who needed it – I’m pretty sure some may have fell too far down the side of the bus seat. In the UK alone there are 62,641,000 people, in the whole wide world there are 7,038,044,500. The average person has 3 close friends and 19 “mates” so take that off and you are still left with seven billion thirty-eight million forty-four thousand four hundred and seventy eight strangers. And all of those strangers have at least one day where they could use a little lift.
So this is a call out. To every other person on the planet – I’m going to write you a letter. A letter just to make the day a bit better or to remind you of the bloody amazing stuff about you that you’ve forgotten because we all forget once in a while.
If you would like a letter you can email me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your address and the reason why you need a little lift and I will send you a little hug in an envelope.
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I love that you are doing this in my hometown. I hope I get a note in some random way when I really need it.
This such a fantastic and lovely idea 🙂
I’m from Birmingham originally and have lived In Bournemouth for two years. As much as I love it I’ve not built the strong friendship group I had back home so sometimes I get a tad sentimental and a bit sad. I think what youre doing is ace, it’s a shame there’s not more people like you! X
You sent me a letter when I needed it and I use it as a bookmark in my diary. I just watched this video and wept. I needed it.
You are a very special and kind person and learning about what you do for complete strangers made me smile. Thank you.
Saw an interview with you and what you are trying to do on the TV yesterday. It makes a real change to see something positive on the news. Keep up the good work!
I heard your amazing interview yesterday on BBC London radio.. it was very moving and thought provoking. Thank-you!!
Im looking forward to reading your book.. and am busy spreading the word about you!!
Best wishes Sx
Hi Just found you from a tweet Ed sorry for spelling im severly dislexic mising out on reading dus make me very upset my boy james when he was 7 he could read spell and maths where beter than mine he says he is so prowd of me that makes me so happy as he can see how hard I work somtims cindnes love acseptans is all we need please take a look at my work with lots and lot of help and pashants from a very loving husband Rich o I must menshan Josie 8 James 9 famaly is the best love
I heard you on the radio tonight whilst driving home and you brought a tear to my eye, what a warm, brilliant strong person you came across as. I wont say brave because you surpass brave bt a mile.
Heard you being interviewed on Radio 2 this afternoon and thought what a lovely thing to do. I’m going buy your book without delay. Looking forward to reading it. Anyone who spreads a little happiness in this world gets my admiration. Well done you.
You speak of everyone else in the world so beautifully, but never forget you have that yourself. the spark in your heart I saw in that video was the brightest I think I’ve ever seen displayed so honestly and so publicly. I hope it encourages more people to stand up and be as wonderful as that with their words fuelled by their hearts; people like you, or people like themselves who do things like you, are what the world needs!
*tissues required* for TEDx talk. You are a beautiful person Jodi with endless inner strength and sheer bravery X thank you for doing what you do in helping others.
I’ve been close to the curbside on and off in life with many losses, family illnesses & redundancies but I’ve been to it far too many times since this; http://www.roadjustice.org.uk/Sarah-Charlotte (still in recovery 20 months post RTC). Got to keep fighting though right…?
I have just finished reading your book and lets just say you seem like a lovely lady. You have probably heard this over and over but what you are doing is fantastic. Your very brave and to take on others problems aswell as having your own is very thoughtful and to see you are from where I am makes me feel good knowing that there is decent human beings like you out there 🙂 I am glad you have been regonised and you have the love and support to keep going. Keep doing what your are doing, if anyone is amazing its you xx
Just reading your book jodi and think your a inspiration to many people.keep up the good work
Jodi Ann Bickley, what a wonderful way to give an example on how to show love to one another. Letter writing has always been my hobby. Not the email way, but with a ball point pen an paper and an envelope. During World War II the greatest way to boost a serviceman’s morale was to send him a letter. I wasn’t getting any mail, a friend said to me I will give you some addresses, then you can write letters to your hearts content. I began writing to all the people my friend gave me addresses for. I always received wonderful letters back. My motto is, you want to receive a letter, write a letter. If you don’t write you are wrong.
I would rather receive one written letter over a hundred emails. And please don’t call postal mail, snail mail. The symbol for the United States Postal Service is an Eagle. Eagles fly higher than any other bird and can gaze directly at the sun.
Now there is where penmanship comes in.
Thank you for what you do, it takes a very special person with a special talent to connect the way that you do to one and all regardless of their situation. Keep it up and may the sun shine on you always!
You are truely an inspiration to me thank you for that!
Beautiful. Thank you Jodi!
I saw your story on the news today and felt compelled to check out your website. I was totally blown away with your speach. You have such a beautiful genuine spirit and I instantly felt a connection with your message.
I am sorry that you had to go through such health issues at such an early age. I admire your ability to deflect the sadness and despondance and turn your personal experience into something that makes a positive difference for so many people.
I’ve played the clip three times and feel like you are speaking straight to me 🙂
So for that I want to say thank you for being pretty fabulous yourself!!!
Hi Jodi, You are such a beautiful person inside and out!!I love what you are doing! I can relate to you in so many ways… I just added your website to my blog as one of my favorite inspiring blogs that I Love. Hugs! Lisa
You are an incredible person which whom we could all learn something from. Don’t ever stop sharing your powerful words, the world needs you 🙂
What a lovely letter i just received in the post! Brightened my day! Thank you!!
My husband sent you a message about me, you and I both suffered with encephalitis, mine because of meningitis. I’ve received two letters from you and I thank you with all my heart.
so i recently seen you on surprise surprise, well i say recently it was a while ago but not too long ago, i think it is really good that you are doing this and i hope that i, one day, can be as caring and uplifting as you are! love you lots like jelly tots
love from me x