Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Day After: Sending postcards of peace, positivity & promise


Well ... this is a 24 hours that will be remembered and written about forever.

I'm pulled simultaneously this rainy morning between the desires to read everything, curate everything, save everything for history, hug my daughter when she gets up1 ... and share messages of reassurance and hope.

I would really like to send out some Random Acts of Postcarding today. If you know someone who could use a smile, a message of hope and a bit of positivity, please send me an email — chrisottopa@gmail.com — with their snail-mail address (anywhere in the world). I'll get something out today.

We have to show that we're in this together and are there for each other. And we're not defined by our leaders. We are defined by how we treat each other, not just in America, but worldwide. On Monday, I received an email from a Russian citizen who was thanking me for the Postcrossing card that I recently sent her way. Her message:
"Many thanks for your wonderful card! No, it's not wonderful — it's amazing! And I also like the stamps (I read a lot about Lincoln) ... and I appreciate the way you wrote PEACE in Russian МИР!!! Thanks again from all Russian teachers for your warm words."
That's what matters. How we relate to each other. Send Sarah and I some mailing addresses, so we can spread some more tiny messages of peace during these uncertain times.

Footnote
1. Sarah and I were up past 3 a.m., EST, watching Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, Lester Holt, Tom Brokaw and Richard Engel on NBC.

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