Springtime in Atlanta is bursting with color. Refresh. Renewal. Rebirth… And I’ve discovered a fresh new way of engaging with the world. It is very simple, like the budding of a tulip. The secret is a small colorful message that surprises the recipient with a statement that sparks joy. They are called “Love Notes” and they are created by Shelley Hannah in Toronto, Canada. I met Shelly in October and bought a small bag of 25 Love Notes. I had no idea how they would change my life. Too dramatic, you say? Well, after I shared the first 24 (one was for me), I knew I wanted more. So Shelley and I struck up a partnership. She has agreed to make love notes for Compassionate Atlanta with our info and her brilliant bit of sunshine. 

Each note has a handwritten message and is carefully rolled up and secured with a bit of sparkle. I have been amazed at the reactions I get from giving out these little notes of joy. Nothing quite compares to the smile that I see every time a note is unrolled. 

The notes say things like, “Your genuineness is an inspiration to others. Yay you!” Or “ You know how to celebrate well! You help others see the specialness in moments. Thanks!“. Or “You are a great community builder. You make it easy for people to come together.” 

Each time, the note falls in just the right hands. I can’t really explain it. But each note seems to tap into a recognition that we know is true but don’t often give ourselves credit for.

In this fleeting interaction, strangers become familiar. For that brief moment we share our common humanity.

I take my notes everywhere I go. I love to give them to store clerks and security guards and janitors and other customers in line or even people that I’m finishing a meeting with. Totally unconventional and 100% well received.

If you want to try this practice of sharing joy, I invite you to order a bag of Love Notes from our website or visit our table next week at the Clarkston Culture Fest. Or even better… make your own. Either way, enjoy spreading the love!❤️

Get some and share the kind words with others!

Leanne Rubenstein 
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

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