Translation: everything will be OK, here is a free smile, hi stranger you are beautiful, not perfect is also good, more love

I found a treasure today. I found it on my train journey home. I made a stop over, caught the next train, nestled myself in one of the seats, grabbed my laptop from my bag and folded down the little table from the back of the chair in front of me.

And there it was. Stuck between the table and the chair: an unexpected heart warming little present. Colourful words scribbled down on a piece of paper.

I read it and I smiled, with a huge smile. I nearly welled up a little too. In the first place because the message was so positive and happy and I loved the idea that someone took the effort to place it here to make my day a little bit better.

But in an even bigger way it felt like the universe was giving me a huge high-five. Just this week, I have started passing out the first batch of my 1000 folded origami cranes to strangers. The project is very dear to me, yet sometimes I feel somewhat alone in my attempt to follow through on my crazy ideas. Sometimes I feel like others don’t care. And this, this was like I bumped into a crazy fellow partner in crime with whom I shared a desire to spread the love in this world with crazy ninja-like love-spreading actions. I instantly felt such a strong connection with this person: a person who I have never met and probably never will. The silent train compartment was filled with a loud exhilarating cheer that only I could hear, which encouraged me in my past, present and future actions.

I could have taken any other train, carriage or seat and I wouldn’t be writing this post. But the unlikely coincidence that this particular note reached me makes me very happy and thankful. Thank you stranger. Thank you for spreading joy, hope, happy thoughts and inspiration. I love you. I really really do.


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    Kiera Jean

    May 12, 2013 at 21:29

    This is such a great story! I often wonder if people find messages that I have left hidden in the past… I hope it brings them hope & joy too! x

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    May 13, 2013 at 00:41

    I love hearing about stuff like this.
    I was having a twitter conversation about this kind of stuff the other day – it ended with me resolving to leave crocheted hearts in hotel rooms.
    I want to travel somewhere just so I can do this.

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      Magical Day Dream

      May 22, 2013 at 08:58

      That sounds awesome! If you do I would love it if you wanted to share your story in my guest post feature ‘spread the love’

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    May 13, 2013 at 03:40

    This is so sweet. I need to remember to do things like this, so I can put a smile on people’s faces like this person did for you : ]

    Whoever gets a crane from you is lucky! If they just think you’re weird, it’s their loss. You’re the coolest!

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    Rachel O.

    May 14, 2013 at 17:22

    This is so sweet. I love that someone left that note for you, for everyone, for anyone. So perfect that it was meant for you. And I really like the visual of the universe giving you a high-five :)

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    joyce matula welch

    May 14, 2013 at 22:02

    Thank you for sharing this Marielle. I love your phrase “crazy ninja-like love-spreading actions.”

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      Magical Day Dream

      May 22, 2013 at 09:10

      haha that’s how I feel sometimes when I am planning sneaky lovely things ;)

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    floating thru fields

    May 15, 2013 at 01:44

    this is super cool,encouraging, and heart warming thanks for sharing :)

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    May 16, 2013 at 23:08

    What a beautiful treasure indeed! People should definitely do that kind of things more often! Including me!

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    May 19, 2013 at 02:19

    I’ve had a very hard day today as well, and reading this post really lit up my face! how sweet. :)


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