Today we are looking at the inspiring One Million Lovely Letters book by Jodi Ann Bickley.
We will want to start with her TEDx Talks from July 23, 2013.
Her remarkable story of One Million Lovely Letters is worth watching and reading more about on this Sunday morning.
Her TEDx Talk runs a little over 13 minutes. In September 2011 she was “diagnosed with Encephalitis (a brain infection) she caught from a tic bite whilst performing poetry at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. She had to teach herself to walk and write and has since battled with neurological complications which leaves her in bed for on average 4 days out of the week.”
“…In February 2013, Jodi decided she was going to use her time to do something lovely — so, she set up Onemillionlovelyletters.com and opened her inbox to the world. However she didn’t realise the whole world was going to respond. The idea, to write to every stranger who needs a little boost — whether they ask themselves or are nominated by a friend — Jodi would send a handwritten lovely letter back. In just under 3 months, 50,000 people have viewed the website from 115 countries. Jodi has now written 700 letters with 500 pending, a number which is growing daily.”…
From the Amazon book summary: “Learning to write and walk again was just the start of the battle. In the months that followed Jodi struggled with the ups and downs of her health and the impact it had on her loved ones. … This is the story how she turned her life around, and in doing so, touched the lives of millions. One Million Lovely Letters is one woman’s inspirational journey to recovery, and is a witty and uplifting testament to the power of words to heal heart and mind.”
There is a very thorough write up from 2014 in The Telegraph Jodi Ann Bickley on how to spread happiness, one letter at a time. Currently there is work underway for One Million Lovely Letters – The Exhibition!
As I’ve mentioned several times here before do not under estimate the impact we have with our hand written letters. They do make a difference!
We are almost at the half-way mark for the month of August. Thank you for continuing to be on this daily blog post journey with me as we encourage old-style corresponding. Wishing you a restorative Sunday!
One Million Lovely Letters book by Jodi Ann Bickley Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced
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YouTube Stepping Back from the Kerb: Jodi Ann Bickley at TEDxBrum posted by TEDx Talks Published on Jul 23, 2013
The Telegraph article – Jodi Ann Bickley on how to spread happiness, one letter at a time written by Lucy Cavendish 23 Feb 2014