I like to think shine comes in lots of shapes and sizes. Only one color, of course (yellow), but lots of shapes and sizes.

That's why I immediately fell in love with my freestyle approach to our standard Yellow Envelope Project.

I decided, while in England, that rather than mail one anonymous letter of gratitude in a yellow envelope to a specified person's mailing address, I would try something new.

Instead my yellow envelope would go to someone who was fated to find it.

And it wouldn't be a letter of gratitude for something the recipient has already done.

Instead, it would be a letter of encouragement, motivating the reader to think about what he or she can do; that he or she shines and is uniquely designed to make their corner of the world a brighter place.

And there wouldn't be just one.

There would be seven – one for every day we were out of the country.

And most of all, the letters wouldn't get mailed to someone's address.

They would get purposefully and secretly tucked into unsuspecting places all over England.

A nook in the Tower of London

A cranny at Westminster Abbey

The base of Big Ben

The souvenir shop at Oxford College

The Gardens at Thornsbury Castle

Along the pier in Brighton

In a book at a store in Piccadilly Square

And, the magazine holder on one of the seats in coach on our flight home.

Powering the planet with shine requires us to stay vigilant; not to rest on our laurels or to settle in to one and only one approach.

I like this new freestyle approach to the Yellow Envelope Project.

So much so that I also planted yellow envelopes at the two-day conference I attended in Orlando, Florida.

Next month I will be in Louisville, the month after that in North Carolina and in June my family and I will head to Florida.

I'm excited about finding spots in each of these corners of the world where I can plant some shine and watch it grow.

Won't you join me?

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 3/21/13 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Yellow Envelope Project

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