Thursday, November 18, 2010

An elegy for all the paths we never took

As you trust me, so I trust you.We have to choose one another. That is the path we take...or not.

The Postcard Project has one objective: to give you (completely free and confidential) something tangible to hold, to see, to feel, to remind you that all states of experience, you are human, I am human, and that is enough. That if you trust me in this, I will not fail, I have not failed over 1,000 people. Regardless of age, of creed, of location or country – if you can read this post, if you can email me somewhere to send, then I will reach you. I will keep trying until I do.
What happens once the postcard has reached you is up to you to decide. And decide again, since until I cannot, I will reach out again (with my partner and sister helping).

There are times of love, and joy, and celebration of being female,being male, being your identity, being in love, being alive, being sexual, and sensual.
The postcard is fantasy, it is encouragement, it is a companion against loneliness, it is a smile between friends. It is what you need it to be. Sometimes that is adventure, and courage.

And to know, really KNOW that post/mail is coming, that someone knows your name, and a little part of you, and cares about that part can sometimes get you through.

Why? Why at 400 postcards did I keep going until now it is between 5,000-6,000? Because in life there are things we control and things we do not control. I wish I could stop the isolation people feel. I wish I could stop the violence against minorities, against women, against LGB people and the extreme violence against openly T people. I wish to stop all that hurts and seperates us. I wish people with disabilities were integrated and valued in society, that ALL human experience was valued and incorporated into our society in an equal way. But this is not the world we live in...yet. I can't control that, I can control caring and sending (go Astro Boy).
They say something about making a light or cursing the darkness. For me, no matter what is taken away from me, I can continue in this course, to hopefully help someone believe that life doesn't suck ALL the time. That is the joy of giving, and giving things that are fun, and amazing and wonderful.

Whatever postcard that would bring a smile,that makes your life a touch better, whatever postcard you need, or want to see, if I can send it, I will. It is a promise I have kept for three years now, I think. Or 1,000 days for 1,000 people. Because I cannot wait for the world to change for the better, I must change it.

An excerpt from a song by Lars Winnerback (translated)

For the shadow above the garden, where the sun never shined
For a silence between the walls, that cut through cement
Two pair of eyes in emptiness from September to advent
For a man that went to work, like nothing had happened
For the women that said that everything is broken, everything is burned
Now nothing would ever be like before
If you know loss, I can be there a little, not to erase it, simply to be beside you. If you know being alone and alienation, I do as well, and will try to lift you up with something special. If you know joy of first meetings, or the happiness of life going well, I know this as well. I hope the postcards you get are the postcards you need.
An elegy for all the paths we never took, a celebration for all those we did. (that's me boxing, or getting hit by the heavy bag: is that courage or stupidity?)
Because if we didn’t – how could I have met you?
Singing the song Elegy, Lars Winnerbeck and Anna Ternheim. Ask for a card, just email me (mpshiel at hotmail.com) and let me know, about you and what you would like. And you will have something to hold too.

515 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for being you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making a difference and sharing, one post card at a time.

Emma said...

Hi Elizabeth, this is such a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing and spreading the love.
*hugs*

eden said...

you are such an amazing, generous person. i am blessed to know there are people like you in the world.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for spreading so much good and joy in the world! I know you're leaving an incredible legacy of hope and happiness behind you. Wishing you peace, comfort, and lots of love.

Michelle (michabella) said...

What a great thing you are doing to spread love! So amazing!!! <333

Chelsea said...

Wow, you are truly amazing!! I think it's awesome that you create such wonderful postcards, it's always fun to get mail and they are pretty too! Keep up the good work, you are awesome!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!

laurennicolelove.com said...

Elizabeth,

I want to thank you for being one of the most incredible examples of selfless love I have ever come across. I could never put myself in your shoes, and the closest I can come is remembering the days I've been bedridden, or experiencing physical pain or emotional grief. It is one thing to be able to keep your chin up through all of that, but an entirely different thing to be able to be the instigator of love and encouragement at the same time. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that you have inspired so many people by what you do, and you have made the world a more beautiful and loving place to live. There is nothing greater anyone could have ever expected or desired from you. I admire your spirit and your heart. I've been told that all the pain we go through exists to position us for purpose, and I am infinitely encouraged to see how your pain has done exactly that.

So much love to you!

- lauren

lpgoodall said...

Wow! What a blessing you are to every person who visits your page, much less those who receive one of your post cards. Be blessed!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you for all you do for those in need! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

You are such a beautiful person, thank you so much for doing this! The world could use more amazing and wonderful people like you. <3

BeckyJo606 said...

This is such an amazing project to take on! I loved looking at your blog and seeing all of the kinds of postcards you send out. Sending you so much love today! :)

Andrea said...

This is really beautiful, Elizabeth. Thank you for how much you are willing to give to other people!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, you are an amazing woman. You have spread love all over the world-how amazing is that!?!? I wish you peace, love, and comfort. You are so, so loved.

~April~ said...

Hi Elizabeth! I can't believe you've sent out over 5000 postcards! That's amazing!! Thank you for being so awesome and taking the time to care about people. The world definitely needs more of that. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth! I feel your beautiful spirit...thanks for all that you do to touch the souls of others...sending you love :)

AvenueFog said...

You are doing such a wonderful, selfless thing for strangers - just reaching out for no other reason than to be wonderful!

Getting real, personal mail is extra special. I hope the messages you receive today convey the admiration all of us feel for you!

Anonymous said...

You are incredible and so full of beauty. Thank you so much for what you do.

Anonymous said...

Thank you & blessings to you. xoxo.

Hope said...

You are an amazing person and your project is so full of love... You are precious!

Caitlin Rose said...

I wish there were more people like you in the world.

Love,

Caitlin

hoorayparade said...

What a wonderful thing! further proof that we can all make a difference in each others lives. Little things matter. Thank you for helping people realize they are not alone.

Emily Jane said...

Oh my gosh, Elizabeth, you are a treasure to the human race. Thank you for being you.

Anna said...

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for helping to restore a bit of my faith in people. I have never heard of anyone doing this before and it is truly beautiful. Thank you, kind soul, for adding some beauty and hope to this world. *Hugs*

Jared said...

You are an unbelievable example of putting others first. God bless you and keep you. You are loved.

Anonymous said...

you are awesome! keep your spirits high.

you get what you give.. for you, it's going to be nothing short of amazing...

nicolemarieblogs said...

This is such a beautiful idea, and it speaks volumes to how selfless and truly amazing you are. Thank you for making a difference. <3 You're inspiring.

Renee said...

You are amazing!You matter and you are loved!

Elaine said...

You have made the world a better place just by being here.

Emma said...

What a wonderful project! Thank you for making the world more beautiful and loving!

I'm inspired by you. I know it's just a fraction of what you've done in your project, but I commit to sending out 10 postcards of encouragement this week...

Beth said...

What beautiful things you do for others. May the love come back to you 100-fold.

Nicole said...

I am sure that you have brightened many people's days with your postcards. What a wonderful way to impact the world! All that love and hope that you've sent out is sure to come back to you.

Gerri said...

Hi Elizabeth,

You are a sweet person.

Can I send YOU a postcard? I'm starting to do zentangle (www.zentangle.com) and would love to send you one!

Gerri Curless
Salem OR
GerriCurless@msn.com

Rosie Emery said...

You have created a beautiful gift with your life, and you will live on in the hearts of all that know you. May you be at peace and in a place of equanimity during each of your days here amongst us all. Thank you for your kindness and beauty.
Rosie

Jo~ said...

You're an inspiration to us all! Thank you for your amazing heart! You make the world a better place!

Lots of LOVE and SMILES headed your way!!

xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth!

Thanks for inspiring not just the thousands of folks you have sent postcards to but also all of us who have come across your blog. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. I will be carrying your good energy with me today.

Love and hugs to you!

kskinnervan said...

Congratulations Elizabeth on spreading the love and making a huge difference in the world!

Jess Steinman said...

Elizabeth, you are an angel in human form. Thank you for being YOU and for spreading so much LOVE around the world. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, wonderful thing you are doing Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing your love and kind heart with others.

Alison said...

Elizabeth, you are a true inspiration. Thank you for reminding us that there is genuine kindness in the world. Wishing you peace, love and all the happiness your heart can hold.

chele said...

You are doing such a wonderful work. The way that you touch people is amazing. God bless you!

Lori Luza, As You Wish photography said...

What a lovely tribute to life and the people who have touched you.

Thank you for such a beautiful contribution to those in need of support.

Sara Kate said...

Elizabeth, I hope you know how much of an amazing inspiration you are. You have a beautiful, caring soul, and are unbelievably selfless in your actions. I hope the rest of your journey is filled with love and and light.

Jenny Evans said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for making a lasting impact on so many people. Your kindness, humor and love are so very appreciated!!!!

Randy said...

Thank you Elizabeth for your love and kindness - you are a true role model for us all.

Anonymous said...

What an intimate, uplifting mission you have. I can only imagine the impact you've had on so many lives and I want to thank you for fostering hope in the world. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you do. I'm sure this makes a huge difference in the lives of the people you reach. You rock!

Natasha said...

You are truly amazing! What an inspiration! You are a beautiful beautiful person!

Melanie said...

Wow, what an amazing selfless act. You are a wonderful human being, one to look up to!

Anonymous said...

Amazing! You are an inspiring person that's for sure! I don't think I've ever done anything 5,300 times let alone 5,300 things for complete strangers. Your mark on this world is causing a ripple effect of kindness that you don't even know.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making a difference in people's lives. It's people like you that make this world a better place.

Anonymous said...

WOW Elizabeth - just think of all the lives you've touched, and perhaps changed! Good job.

Anonymous said...

Dear Elizabeth

This is an amazing, wonderful thing you're doing. You are truly an inspiration and a beautiful person. In fact, you've given me an idea!

All hope, All love,
Aleigh

paper-n-soul said...

You are amazing. The world is a much brighter place because you choose to spread love and compassion in such a caring way. The power of one can uplift so many. Thank you for showing the rest of us how.

Blessings and much love to you.

Katey Griffin said...

Elizabeth, who you are being in the world is incredible. I love your humour and extreme generosity. Thank you for the warmth in my tummy!! Arohanui XX Katey

Chris said...

Elizabeth - what a truly WONDERFUL thing you are doing!!! You are creative, and caring, and thoughtful, and I am in awe that you've sent out 5,000 gorgeously arty postcards. Your kindness IS making a difference, and you are simply one amazing woman! Rock on Girl! xoxo, c

Anonymous said...

This is incredible. If more people in the world were like you, we'd be much closer to the goal of being able to live together in love. You are amazing, thanks for sharing your heart.

Mike Korner said...

Thank you Elizabeth for sending postcards and for being an awesome example for others. Thank you for making a difference to so many.

Tiffany said...

I am simply amazed at your kindness and generosity! Knowing you are out there doing such incredible things is truly inspirational~ Thank you for being you!! I would love to send you a postcard, if you would be ok giving me your address! :) my email is tiffb123@yahoo.com
Thank you! You truly are a gift to this world!

Lauren said...

You are an incredibly inspiring person and I truly admire what you are doing for people you do not even know. Your selflessness is amazing, and something more people should strive for.

Thank you for touching others lives, as you have now touched mine.

-lauren

Amanda said...

What an incredible project. Thank you so much for reaching out to others and sharing so much of you. Your work does not go unnoticed.

Robin said...

This is such an amazing cause. Thank you for spreading such love and compassion. Namaste.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reaching out you have probably made so many people smile and feel wanted. Thanks

Renee said...

YOU are amazing! You matter and you are loved. Such a joyous, generous gesture sending postcards from the edge. Be at peace, gentle poet.

Anonymous said...

You are such an example for how I can spread love and kindness to people i don't know!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is an incredible project. Thank you for making a difference. I hope it brings you as much joy as it does those who receive the postcards.

michael said...

hi Elizabeth! thank you so much for all the love and caring that you so freely give!! i doubt that i have even SPOKEN to 5300 people in my life, let alone taken the time to create a personal picture just for them, and then actually SEND it? !!!AMAZING!!! God BLESS You, Elizabeth, you are in my prayers. love, michael

Jen and Geoff said...

You give me so much hope that there is a lot of good in this world. Thank you so much for taking the time that you have to make a better life for others. You freaking rock.

Sue said...

May *Love* & *Peace* always touch you as you have touched so many.
Thank you for all your love and kindness.

She'sSewPretty said...

Here is proof that there are angels who walk among us...

sophanne said...

What a beautiful legacy to share with the planet! Thank you for adding sunshine to the dark places.

Anonymous said...

I am truly humbled by the beauty and love you are pouring into the world. Thank you for never giving up on trying to make this a better place for everyone. Peace and Love to you!

ricketyjo said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I think this is such a wonderful project! I've been looking at the photos of the postcards and they are just so lovely. I'm sure it makes a difference to every single person who receives one of those beautiful postcards...tweets and emails are all very well, but it really means a lot more to me having something physically in my hands, and I can understand exactly why you put your time and effort into something like this.
Thank you, and lots of love to you.
Jo xx

sivl said...

Your kindness, dedication, and bravery, take my breath away. What an amazing person you are, and an inspiration. If we all took a little time from our day to give to others the way you have - to embrace others for who they are the way you do - the world would certainly be a brighter place. Much love - and hugs - to you!
Leslie

Anonymous said...

thank you for letting your beautiful spirit shine and bring warmth and love to those who need it :)

Bassie said...

So cool! may all people have the strength to do what you are doing. To make the world a better place!

Okie Rednecks said...

You are an amazing person! Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do!!

((HUGS))
Alisha

Anonymous said...

You're fantastic!!!

*hugs*

Thanks for... everything. Really. Thanks for the smile, the hope, the joy you bring to the world.

Linda said...

Elizabeth, you have made a difference in this world, in probably much more far-reaching ways than you know... your loving spirit and sharing ways have touched MY life today, and I thank you for it! God bless you, Elizabeth...sending prayers and good thoughts your way...XOXO

Anonymous said...

Hello Elizabeth,
They say we are all are on a journey on this earth, and we are all put here for a reason. Every once in awhile a rare angel can come into our midst. To have taken on an enormous task of this nature takes a special person. You are one of these angels. Thank you for providing the love and concern to other individuals on this earth. Know that you have made a little "dent" in the rest of our lives.
Thank you

Just me said...

WOW! How incredible are you!!! This is such a wonderful and inspiring project - thank you for everything you do. You must have touched so many lives. I cannot even comprehend 5000 postcards!

Thank you for being such a huge blessing to SO MANY people. Lots of love xxx

michelle said...

this is amazing. you have such a big heart :)

Anonymous said...

You are making positive accomplishments with your life...thank you for living that way! The world most definitely is positively impacted by your actions and intentions.

Thank you also for blogging about the Burma movie. I was living in Yangon during the 2007 uprisings and cyclone Nargis ('08). Myanmar is wonderful but terribly oppressed. Thank you for helping to get the word out about the situation there.

Thinking of you and hoping that your life is filled with peace.

cguberna said...

Your project is amazing. Thank you for restoring the idea of kindness to strangers. *hugs*

Low Tide High Style said...

Elizabeth, if we go through life and touch just a handful of people we have made a difference. You have touched thousands of lives, so the difference you have made is beyond measure!!

Keep up the wonderful work you do! And all my best to you...you are truly special!

Kat :)

cguberna said...

Your project is amazing. Thank you for restoring the idea of kindness to strangers. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

This postcard project is such an amazing idea. I pray that it brings you joy as you look to uplift those around you.
I know that sometimes compliments and kind gestures go un-returned but I know they are appreciated.

Jalus said...

Gassho ♥ {{{Elizabeth,}}} ♥

A humble bow to Teacher!

_/|\_

Namaste' caro uno,

Abby said...

You are such an inspiration to everyone... I see so many people who go through their daily lives taking so much for granted and never really reaching out to help others- to see all that you do to help others when you are in a situation that makes you so deserving to be the one receiving the love and inspiration is incredibly moving.

My thoughts and prayers are with you, thank you for making a difference!

Sarah Ann said...

Wow. This project is amazing! YOU are amazing. You have touched the lives of so many. Myself now included. Thankful I was brought to your site. Grateful for all you do!

Anonymous said...

I think you are a brave and kind woman. What you do inspires me and makes me want to be a better person. There's so mucho we can do for others...

I'm not precisely a religious person, but rather spiritual; yet, I once read the following quote (in the bible) and wanted to share it with you:

"I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them and give them gladness for sorrow." ~ Jeremiah 31:13

Kindest regards,

Nadia.

carole said...

What a wonderful and selfless project! I am amazed and inspired by you.

Anonymous said...

You are an incredible person who sees what many do not see. (and does something about it!) What a gift you have given this world. Sending love to you! --Jen

Elaine Frenett, Journaling & Watercolor Sketching Instructor said...

our love go's out to you for the inspiration and compassion you have given the to all of us.
We are blessed to share this planet with you.

Roland

Joanne said...

Elizabeth, it's time for you to receive some encouragement! I want to thank you for your selflessness in sending out these postcards!
Please know that there are people out there who think what you are doing is amazing.
Joanne - Calgary, Alberta.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being such an inspiring person and helping so many in need of happiness and hope.

bubbleboo said...

What you do is amazing. Thank you for bringing such light into people's lives.

You are a truly inspiring person, and I am humbled.

Anonymous said...

you are incredible; such a servants heart to reach out to others - no doubt have touched hearts for the better =)

Hannah said...

You are amazing. Thank you for all you do to give others love and joy
wishing you peace and strength

Liz said...

Elizabeth, you are truly an inspiration to us all. In our busy modern lives, so often we become disconnected and apathetic. It is easy to get lost in one's own struggles and forget about the bigger picture, and all of the other people out there who are also struggling. Sometimes a pretty picture or a word of encouragement is all that is needed to bring a little joy into someone's life. And love and joy is something that each and every one of us in this sometimes nasty world needs and deserves. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this reminder to love each other, and for doing what you do!

Playing Out Time said...

You are an inspiration and I am so thankful for what you do and coming across your blog today. I'd love to help you with your mission and send you some post cards and stamps to send some cheer to more people.

playingouttime at gmail dot com

Thank you for all that you do.

Lisa

Sandi said...

You have been a blessing to so many people, thanks for all you do!

Tammi said...

Wow Elizabeth. I am so inspired by you, to give generously, to live courageously, to love fiercely. You move me. You may not hear back from everyone you send cards to know but you must know that they are moved by you too. You may have no idea of the ripple effect your acts of generosity and kindness are spreading in the world. But whatever you think they might be, you should probably multiply that by 100. Thank you for BEING love.
xo

Anonymous said...

What an amazing project.
People such as yourself are far and few between.

Thank you so much for sharing your love and showing the world that we can be the change we want to see in the world, and that there is still SO MUCH GOOD in people!

much love.

david

gfpumpkins said...

Thank you for all you do. Thank you for the smiles you bring to peoples faces. The joy you bring to their lives. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Your post cards are beautiful. I wish there were more people in the world like you. In fact I wish I was more like you! Thank you for your hope and inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sending so much love into the world.

ishkode-fyre said...

What a wonderful, beautiful person you are, to commit to a project like this. You are touching so many peoples' lives, doing so much good. Most of us go through our lives without ever touching as many people or making the kind of difference in so many lives.

Jelaluddin Rumi once wrote, "Some attend to individual mercies and some to universal Grace. Try to let them merge. Pond water eventually arrives at the ocean. One saint works and lingers in the lakes of personal life. Another plays without limits in the sea." You've managed to do both.

I wish I were doing something like this. Maybe I will. You've inspired me.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful thing you're doing! Thank you for this. It truly is inspiring.

Cat said...

Elizabeth,

You are an amazing inspiration to everyone and I am just blown away by the path that you have chosen to take! I wish you the best of luck.

Anonymous said...

you are an inspiration, thank you :)

Anonymous said...

You are amazing! Thank you for everything you do! You're such an encouragement and have done such wonderful things with your life. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
~Megan E. :)

Shelly Kramer said...

Elizabeth, you are the brightest spot of my day. What an amazing person you are - and what an incredible amount of happiness you bring to others as a result of The Post Card project.

Big hugs to you - many thoughts and prayers headed your way.

I'm a better person for knowing you. Thank you for all you do.

Shelly Kramer
@shellykramer

Anonymous said...

To say that you're an inspiration would not do justice to the divinity that is you, but I can think of no other word in the spoken language. You are the light of the world! The light and love that you bring to this world and the people who share it is beyond what words can describe & a beautiful thing to hear about. Thank you for all that you have brought and continue to bring to this world. Thank you for sharing, thank you for being you.

PRS said...

Rare are the few who are born shepherds - the people who act as our guides and encourage us to keep going, no matter what; who take care of us; feed us; protect us; be with us; who we go to when we feel confused; and when we get lost, make it a point to find us, so we can feel at home.

You are a shepherd. And your work makes this world a softer place.

Thank you for what you do! I love you for it!

Pritha

EcoChicago said...

It's been said that the happiest people in this world are those that lose themselves in the service of others. I have faith that as you bring hope to the hearts of strangers in this world, you are also bestowed much love and joy ... and this is the mark of a life well lived.

-Alicia

Anonymous said...

Your story and your mission through these postcards is so inspiring and admirable. You are such a blessing to others and I pray that you blessed beyond your imagination in return!

Jamie said...

Elizabeth, YOU are an inspiration! What an incredible gift that you are putting out in the world. Thank you for what you do to make a difference. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Your brave & selfless attitude is incredible and an example to others. Thank you for being you and what you do! Love & prayers, jamie

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth - WOW! This is such a truely amazing thing that you are doing. I know we all have deep dark times and for you to reach out to people, to give them something tangible, a moment of love...it's just, quite frankly, awe inspiring! Thank you for all you do to help people and for reminding me that sometimes humanity can be wonderful.

Ebeth said...

Absolutely amazed by the selfless love and enthusiasm you have for life! Spending what little time you have left spreading joy and love to those in need, is what makes you so very special. You are sure to pass on to something greater than any paradise ever imagined! May peace be with you, your family, and those that will never forget the joy and love you gave and continue to give.

<3 xoxo <3

Caroline said...

Elizabeth - I am inspired by the life you lead. We always hear about how you can't choose your circumstances but you can choose how you respond to them - well, you truly exemplify it. Keep up the good work and I'll send good vibes your way so that you don't ever get writer's block!

Lisa said...

Wow - you are so gifted at bringing a sense of oneness and connectedness to us all - thank you for your beautiful, creative, personalised contributions to the wellbeing of so many people - awesome!!

Caroline said...

you're such a great person. so inspiring! thank you!

Tiffany said...

This is a beautiful project. Your dedication to brightening the lives of others is truly inspiring! Thanks so much. :)

Anonymous said...

This is so inspiring. Thanks for having such a big heart and making a real difference in people's lives. You are amazing.

Indiana Miller Family said...

Elizabeth - Your project is incredible. THANK YOU for making someone's dreary day so much brighter thru your project. God has a special place for you!!

Vickie said...

Elizabeth
I am deeply moved by your tremendous life, selfless love for others and gracious heart. I wish there were words to describe how I feel about your journey and its beauty but I am at a loss for them.
Your journey is only beginning - I CAN feel that. Your life an example for all of us to emulate. Today I am gratefilled for coming across your blog and story. Nothing is ever more important than this moment and your words have confirmed this for me.
God bless you Elizabeth and keep you. You have changed my life today...
With love and comfort,
Vickie F

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a blessing you are in so many peoples lives. You are proof that one person can make a HUGE difference. I can only hope some day to be as giving as you are.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Love your project! What a great way to do something small that makes a huge difference for someone needing encouragement. Wouldn't the world be great if we all built each other up instead of tearing each other down? You're an inspiration. Lots of love,
Farrah

Lee said...

What you are doing is absolutely amazing and beyond what most people know of love. Thank you for doing more in just the time you have then most will dare to do in a lifetime. You are an inspiration and a forerunner for hope. It's very hard not to tear up with joy to see someone doing this. Thank you for using your days to show the world what is so very rare. You are not just sharing love... you are love.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Katie said...

You are a wonderful woman and an inspiration to all. God will show you many thanks. Thanks so much for making many people happy and for making their days. You have made such a difference, and deserve to be recognized. You are amazing and generous and our world is lucky to have people like you.
All my love, hopes, and prayer.

-Kate

Meroko Senpai said...

Elizabeth...what a fantastic project! You are a bright light for many people and sharing this project & love is part of that. I love the artwork too! (and I'm an anime fan, so I definitely love those!) ;) Wishing you peace, love, joy & many blessings! You are making an impact on the world (and on everyone else posting today, myself included). Sending much love from California...

Erica said...

To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Elizabeth,
You are changing the world, making things a little bit better for thousands - most of whom will be inspired to do the same for others...your selfless actions create infinite positive impact, both in reach and duration.

BethanySusan said...

Wow, what a shining example you are setting for us all. I truly take my hat off to you. You are making the world happier, one person at a time. Thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, you are a beautiful, loving human being. Thank you for everything you've given. I wish you Love.

Amy Vernon said...

What an amazing project, Elizabeth! My hat off to you.

contrapuntalplatypus said...

Each of us has only so much time to remain in the world, but far too many of us squander most of that time on trivial pleasures, fighting and hurting others...then finally wallowing in self-pity and regret for what we didn't or couldn't do. To me it speaks volumes that you've chosen to spend *your* time on what really matters: helping others, touching their lives and changing them for the better. Thank you!!

Matt Herman said...

you are simply amazing, thanks for being you.

Anonymous said...

Your actions of kindness and love can not help but filter down and affect others. Thank you for making this world a brighter, sweeter place. You are loved.

Lola said...

How sweet of you to send all those postcards! You're a real inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Even if you do not receive replies back from those you send postcards to, remember that you are making a difference in someone's life. Everyday, these recipients see that postcard hanging on their wall in their home or their office and they smile to themselves because they know that somewhere out there is someone who cares.

Thank you for the amazing energy and dedication you put into this project.

YOU are the true inspiration.

Anonymous said...

WOW! You are incredible. It's truly heartwarming to know that people like you exist in today's world. Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

It is so uplifting and inspiring to come across stories like yours and to be able to know that there are still good people out there. Good, selfless people. Thank you for all that you do, you have touched so many lives. Thank you for making a difference, it's a shame to have you taken from us so soon. We need more people like you.

Anonymous said...

Hi elizabeth-

You have such an incredible heart and have inspired me today. I am so thankful that the world has a person like you today. You have a light and are loving people recklessly. And your postcards are so beautiful! Praying for you today, elizabeth.

Jessica

the grumbles said...

outside the hard times there are good ones- there are bright ones, there are great ones. this is worthwhile.

you are loved. xoxoxoxx

Lynne said...

Such a simple idea, yet such a gift for all those people. An angel among us, indeed.Thank you!

Sarah said...

Elizabeth,

Thank you for everything that you do! This is a truly amazing project and you are a truly amazing person for taking it on. Wow.

Loves loves loves,
Sarah

Charlotte said...

I am so thankful that you were brought into my life today because even though I've waited too long, you've shown me that I'm not too late to start giving and acccepting love fiercely, recklessly - the best thing that a human can do. Thank you!

June said...

Wow, amazing! Thank you for being so kind to absolute strangers and making a difference.

diane hawkey said...

The brightness and love you have spread will never disappear. You have made the world a better place.
Love and peace to you.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that you're an inspiration. You have blessed so many lives. You've really brightened my day.

esausti said...

Love the picture of the heavy bag. Courage or stupidity? Definitely courage. Keep doing what you do.

Sending Hugs, high fives and positive vibes,

Ethan

annalyn said...

I would love to receive a postcard from you, I am actually thinking of making a page on my blog to encourage my few visitors to send me a postcard or a snail mail... it would be a great experience for sure ;)

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth,

The world is a better place because of you. Such a selfless act of true kindness straight from the heart. Your story has touched me today, the same way your postcards touch those who are blessed to have received one.
Bless you.

Ryan

Josh said...

I want to take the time to thank you for what you are doing. There aren't enough people in the world who have the courage to give time and love to others. I'm so glad that you have such a kind heart and I know those who receive your postcards appreciate them even if they don't directly say thank you. So anyway, thank you for setting an example for not only me, but everyone else who strives to do and be good in this beautiful world.

InterfaceLeader said...

Such a wonderful idea, and a beautiful thing to do. Thank you for reminding us all that we are human and need human love and connections.

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, the world needs more people like you! The true definition of love is giving with no expectation of receiving anything in return, but few are brave enough to put themselves out there for others. I hope you know how many people are sending similar love your way...even if you've never met us!

Amanda said...

It is not about what we acquire, but rather what we leave behind that matters. You are embodying that every day, inspiring others, setting an example for future generations ... thank you!

Tracey L. said...

What an amazing idea that expresses your beautiful spirit in such a giving way.

Thanks for doing this heartwork, Elizabeth, and for spreading ripples of loving energy through the world.

You are a blessing to the world. I hope you smile as you read all the messages for YOU today. You deserve the light of love and it is shining on you!

ImAaliyahMo said...

I wish there were more people like you in this world. Thank you for being selfless.

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Googlover/keishua said...

thanks for spreading joy.What a wonderful and loving thing to do.

biscuit said...

This is an amazing thing you are doing for people at such a time in your life. You are an inspiration to us all! Wishing you the best! <3

Kelsey Lee said...

This is such a beautiful idea, that you have used to spread love around the earth. This world is made a much better place because of your heart, creativity and life. I hope that more people find out about this, I will be letting all my friends and family know about it! You are a light in a world full of darkness. Keep shining! :D

Anonymous said...

Welcome!!!! You aren't alone. Many of us at ItStartsWith.Us reach out to others in need, for just the same reasons you send postcards. You are part of us and part of so much more! Thank you for being so wonderful!!!

Jennifer said...

I am in awe of your giving, your spirit, and your talent. Thank you for shining it and sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Sandi said...

You are absolutely amazing! What a great inspiration you are. Thank you for all that you do, and all the love and joy you spread. Blessings to you!
-Sandi

Plugginalong2 said...

Hi Elizabeth - thank you for sharing so much of your time and heart to people. The world is so much better because of you. God bless you... (((HUGS)))

Elizabeth Campbell Duke said...

Elizabeth,
What a great project you've created. You're inspiring! Thanks for all of your efforts.

Hannah said...

Hey Elizabeth,
You are such an inspiring person, really. The recipients of your cards are very, very lucky people. Sometimes when I'm feeling down, or having a hard time, I have to stop and make myself think that there are actually people out there who I've never even met that care about me. You're one of those people. I have to think, there is someone out there right now, struggling too, who is making it through just by smiling and making the best of things. Your project proves this to me, and others, as well. Thank you so much for doing this- so many people need to know that someone cares about them so that they can move on. Keep on postcarding!

With love,
Hannah

Anonymous said...

You have are an angel artist - I cannot begin to imagine the number of people you have touched and given joy and hope too.
Thank you so much for your beautiful outrach.

Lori (JaneBeNimble) said...

Dearest Elizabeth,
I'm humbled to know you and to find your site. You are an amazing maven diva. For all those leaves of love you've sent out into the universe, the world has climbed at least a few degrees of compassion and love. Love is really all there is, and Elizabeth, I love you.
~xo

ashley said...

Thank you for being such a selfless and amazing person and givin hope to those who need it. You rock!!

linda said...

your postcards are beautiful. thank you for being an inspiration :)

Pico said...

I want to send you a postcard. I want to send you a hug. I want to send you sun and a balloon and a kite and some ice cream.

I AM sending you huge waves of admiration for how amazing you are and how awesome your postcard project is.

Thank you for being incredible.
:)

Eva said...

Every word you write falls like poetry on my tired ears. You are a shining light in a world on the brink. You are truly amazing and I wish that I could be half as wonderfully kind as you. You are an inspiration and you are loved.

("Your heart is a weapon the size of you fist. Keep Fighting. Keep Loving")


Eva <3

Steve said...

Dear Elizabeth,
I am part of the Love Bomb team, and I am so honored to learn about you today. Why?
I agree with you that we are all one. And, if that's the case, today, you taught me that a part of me (you) is completely amazing! I am so deeply grateful to know that you are here as part of what IS because you make it SO much better. And even though your condition is terminal, I'm convinced that your incredibly amazing spirit and zest for love, compassion and hope will continue to reverberate through the world. Every single postcard is eternal; every single postcard causes a positive change in the dynamic tapestry of the human experience. We are all so fortunate to be one with you.
I can assure you... your days are not numbered. You will go on in one form or another and for that, I am most grateful.
Thank you for teaching me today, not only how to think about being a better person, but showing me how.
(As a side point, I am 'family', and appreciate your passion around equality, inclusivity and oneness.)

Michele said...

Wow! What a privilege to meet such an amazing person! I love the comments you make about your postcards and the openness you have towards your fellow humans. As we near thanksgiving I will be adding my thanks for you-Elizabeth! Hugs and smiles from Ohio to you!

Anonymous said...

Aloha Elizabeth~

You are an unbelievable source of inspiration for us and our readers. So much so that we recently featured you as one of our Inspirational heroes. Check out the write-up here: http://teamsuperforest.org/superforest/2010/11/18/thursdays-inspiration-information-elizabeth-mcclung/

Keep being a clear, positive voice: sending your candles of light like flashing lighthouses in the night. Much love!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for raising others' spirits, spreading love and kindness! May you have every happiness!

Anonymous said...

It's a wonderful thing that you are doing, an inspiration to me and I know to others as well - God bless.

Bonnie Heather said...

You are amazing. Thank you for being who you are and showing us that there are truly good people in this world.

I wish you the best of luck and complete happiness.

<3

M said...

I think it's incredible the love and kindness within you. Knowing someone like you is out there makes my heart happy and gives me hope and faith. Thank you. I'm sending you right now lots of hugs (hope you feel 'em!)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful project! Thank you for inspiring hope and spreading a little light in the world!

Anonymous said...

Your AMAZING...
Thank you for making a difference in the world!!!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, you are absolutely amazing. One person, impacting so many people one post card at a time. You are truly an inspiration.

Jo Anna said...

What an amazing act of service! Thank you for sharing your love in the world. you are wonderful.

Peace, LoVE, Life said...

Thank you Elizabeth! You are such a wonderful and bright being, thank you for being that. Keep being you. Much Love.

Anonymous said...

YOU are the reason I still have faith in humanity.

Janet said...

May all your efforts to bring peace come right back to you. Love and peace.

Anonymous said...

You are loved...

Anonymous said...

you are an inspiration to me.

xr2 said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how inspiring I think you are, and how inspiring the work you're doing with The Postcard Project is. We live in such a crazy world where we are so disconnected from one another much of the time, and what you're doing is giving a piece of love and connectedness to those who feel alone and isolated in this world, and I think that's amazing. Thank you for all that you do to make the world a better, more loving, and brighter place. Grace and peace be with you. <3

Anonymous said...

"I wish I could stop the isolation people feel."

I don't think you have to wish...

People can't be isolated when others show them love- it only brings them closer together with others. You've made this happen for thousands of people.

You make the world a better place.

Heather J Ceballos said...

For all the lovely love bombs you've dropped on the lonely, the questioning, the sad, the hopeless - we're dropping a love bomb on you.
You are so amazing - you have spread love where there was none and reminded many that they were not as alone as they thought. And neither are you.
We love you Elizabeth. You are not alone either. You have comforted so many souls...their love remains with you also.

DK said...

This project is totally amazing, awe-inspiring and so awesome I don't have words enough to express how much I completely love it and you.

gonzo said...

For every postcard that you send or that you think to send a blessing is given ... may all your blessings be as many and may you experience as much joy as you give

Robin said...

Elizabeth,

I just discovered your Postcard Project. What a wonderful thing to do! Thank you for setting the example that we all can find ways to help make the world a better place, if we just try to find our path. You have brightened so many lives, and I hope it warms your heart to know that your spirit and generosity have made their mark in the world, helping it to be a better, more humane place. What an extraordinary legacy! Namaste.

Anonymous said...

Coming from one of the lonely, questioning, sad, and hopeless-it's people like you who make life worth living. There is no way I can begin to thank you, but thank you.

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