Stories from September

In Jaipur, our tribe put together a new event designed to bring strangers together called K(no)w Unknowns – Connect with Strangers – where people were connected to a stranger with the intention to get to know their story over a couple of weeks. And then everyone was invited to an event where they all came together share their experience and enjoy the company of a new found community. The gathering was joyous with shared stories and music too!

Last month, our cosy GWT tribes* in Sydney, London, Chennai & Kochi, reminded us of the beautiful power of small. And left us in awe of our chapter heads in these 4 cities who are resilient, determined, brave and rebellious**. We have always maintained that it doesn’t matter the number of people 1 or 100, every letter and every small act of kindness has the possibility of creating a ripple effect that we will never fully be able to measure 🙂

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Our girls in Kuwait who often describe their events as peaceful had yet another Letter Earthlings gathering. Meryl messaged to say, “when people come together to connect to share it really feels so relaxing, its a huge break from the rush through life. The Goodwill Tribe events can be huge stress buster to our heart and soul”

Hey, have you ever tried writing a letter to yourself? This is exactly what our Delhi tribe did. They brought people together to write a letter to appreciate themselves and a second one that will be mailed to their future selves 6 months later. How amazing is that? They also introduced an icebreaking activity where strangers complimented each other. Yes, strangers who had just met each for the first time pointed out beautiful things that they see in the other person. Inspired by this beautiful event, our Pune tribe has decided to do the same in November.

Here’s are 2 testimonials from that day:

“The letter earthlings event was amazing.This was the first time ever that I wrote a letter to myself. I found this a great idea to spend time on yourself. I could see how excited everyone was to write a letters to themselves. Activities like gathering adjectives for ourselves was a wonderful and a positive experience. I could see how everyone just beamed up on getting the “You are awesome” card!”

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Take away cards from the event

“Personally, I am an introvert and through the activities I did at LE, made me overcome the hiccups I face talking and socialising with unknown people. I made new friends and discovered a new side of me. But most of all, I finally found time to invest in myself. I introspected and made a commitment to myself. I finally have a path in front of me that I decided. Let’s see how it goes!”

We often receive some beautiful reactions from LE recipients…here’s a few of them 🙂 It’s a sweet reminder of the small acts of kindness. They really, really matter.

We are in awe of the efficiency of our team in Goa – they are legit #goals. Talking about Goa, did you see what magic they spread around Goa last time?

Our pilot chapters, Nagpur and Bhopal received a mind-blowing response!

Mandar and his team of passionate volunteers pulled off an extraordinary pilot session of Letter Earthlings targeted towards people who have had a chapter of cancer in their lives. We absolutely cannot do justice to the stories we heard after, we were left speechless, deeply moved and smiling from ear to ear. We are just going to let you read this blog article for all the stories that unfolded that day.

Khushbu, who hosted her pilot event at her cosy little studio over cups of chai in Bhopal, saw a wide diversity in age and mentioned the tonne of blessings that the tribe has received and interest in the work we do.

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The event gathered folks from 6 years old to 50 years old!

Oh, and if you haven’t seen already, we have also launched LE Online and the response has been great! Spread the word for friends and families that are in faraway places 🙂

We sent out our traditional gift boxes to all our new tribes and what a joy it was watching everyone receive em! There’s something amazing about putting gifts together for people you love =)

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Priceless gifts and little ways to practice kindness

A deep moment of service a few weeks ago inspired this mandala. The quote“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” resonates with so many of us here.

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In interesting news, post the Charlottesville incident, Obama’s tweet set the record for the most liked tweet ever. It was a beautiful quote by Mandela: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Something to think about…

The media seemed to really like us the past month – we are always grateful for journalists who tell our story (and lots of incorrect information LOL!) – who choose to cover content of goodness

The awesome Arunesh is our guest blogger covering topics of kindness in various cultural traditions. Read them yet?

*refers to tribes that often attract smaller number of crowd, yet the ones that have the most homely, cosy vibes with intimate one on one conversations

** in the world we live in, it’s almost rebellious to be kind 🙂

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