In my last post I mentioned that I would be taking some time to explain why I write anonymous letters of kindness and encouragement and hide them in different locations for people to find. In my introductory blog post I wrote that I do it because I want to add a positive contribution to the lives of strangers. But there is a great deal more to it than that. One of the main reasons why I do it is because of where I live.
I live in Silicon Valley – home of Apple, Google, Facebook, and countless other famous tech companies. This makes my city one of the busiest in the country. People are working themselves to the ground, stressing about projects and deadlines, not spending enough time with their families, and they are generally too busy to do much socializing. They have their own cubicles or work pods which means they spend most of their days in seclusion. And even when they have opportunities to interact with others, like while taking public transportation to and from work, most will spend that time looking down at their cell phones catching up on texts and emails. When and where in the course of their day is there time for them to show kindness to each other and encourage one another? I’m pretty sure most people are not getting too many pats on the back.
The hardworking people of Silicon Valley could use some kindness and encouragement. Sure a raise, bonus, or promotion is great in the workplace, but that’s based on merit. I like the fact that whoever finds any of my letters is basically being told “Hey, I don’t know who you are but God loves you and I also think you’re pretty great, just for being you! No strings attached. You don’t have to prove anything to me. I’m already in your corner. Hang in there and keep being amazing!”
Now I’m not saying that Silicon Valley is busier than any other parts of the country, and I’m not saying that every single person who lives here has such a busy life. But I am saying that I’m proud of where I live and proud to be contributing to the lives of those around me in my own special way.