Upon starting Car Window Poetry, I knew, when people shared poems on car windows, they wouldn't always get to see the recipient's reaction or hear how that poem impacted them. But when you do, I don't know if there's a better feeling.
Recently, I received an email sent to the Car Window Poetry email account from a woman whose poem said exactly what she needed to hear at that moment.
The email said:
I had a rough day yesterday. A business certification that I applied for hit a bump in the road and I wasn't prepared for it. My daughter has been dealing with the demon of mental illness and after the business setback, it seemed like I hit a brick wall, head first at full force.
I went down to my car and found an anonymous note from you with a smiley face and the world softened a bit. The wording, in so many ways, was so spot on that I thought my co-worker or a close friend had written it. Your thoughtfulness brought tears to my eyes - thank you!
I am grateful for your note yesterday - a little ray of sunshine on a fairly cloudy day.
So lean in.
Your story isn't over yet.
There's a quote that says, "If you assume the person you're speaking with is hurting, then 95% of the time you'll be right." I couldn't agree more. It's not hard to look around at our world and see darkness. Just today in Berlin, a city I made lots of memories in earlier this year, nine people were struck dead after a truck attack.
I define darkness as an absence of light, but I also see darkness as an opportunity. An opportunity for light to enter in. And it doesn't take much light to illuminate the darkness. That's why Car Window Poetry matters. All it took was one small act of love, one reminder of light, to break through the darkness in Whitney's day.
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