This year, I would like to share two other great initiatives. Hopefully it provokes some thoughts and inspires you.
The concept behind Operation Beautiful is ingeniously simple. All that's needed is a pen and paper. You write inspiring messages, something paraphrasing along the lines of the recipient being beautiful as they are, and leave them in public places, such as bathrooms, anonymously.
Check out the Operation Beautiful website for more details and some pictures of sample Post-It messages left by others. Just to give you guys some examples -
"Never be afraid to be different. Beauty is unique. I [heart] U."Isn't that wonderful? This is such a great thing to do, and inject some self-esteem back into the youth of today. I'm figuring I'll give it a go, start leaving notes. What about you? I really hope you'll give it a try too. Remember: you are beautiful.
"Smile :) You're beautiful!"
"BEAUTIFUL. Don't believe differently."
Tell Her She's Beautiful
This other one is creating quite a splash on Facebook, as that's where at started as an Event. Now, officially the event lasts from February 11th to February 14th (today), but it's been seeing such great feedback so far that a group as been created to continue the event year-long. You can find the group here.
Again, the basic concept behind this initiative is to combat the self-consciousness/self-deprecation of this day and age. Also ingeniously simple - "Let's show every girl that they really are beautiful. So tell them, it'll make their day. Girls, you ARE beautiful" (Facebook event).
It's also inspiring to see that this event was started by a guy in grade 12 at a high school in Toronto. There's hope for today's youth. As of this time, the event has well over a million confirmed attendances. Now that is truly awe-inspiring power used for good.
Now go do it. Go tell someone they're beautiful.
Thanks for reading. Happy Valentine's Day.