Hey everyone,

Just passing along this week’s love bomb mission.

Hey everyone,

Man, this is a hard one. Bonnie is a sweet woman who was suggested to us by one of our own team members (her niece!), Rachael.

Bonnie lost her second son in a motorcycle accident recently, and she writes,

“Forty Percent….Gone. If I break it down by the numbers that is my loss so far. Five kids, two gone. Forty percent of my posterity gone.”

In Rachael’s words, “The loss was hard for us, but mostly for his parents. My Aunt Bonnie lost one child a few years ago, so this is her second son to pass away. It’s hard to lose one son as it is, and now she has lost another. My Aunt could really use some love and words of comfort at this time.”

I’ve heard it said that there is no pain more excruciating or deep than a mother losing her child, as it is an unnatural and “backwards” loss. No parent should have to see their child die, much less two.

Please join me in showering Bonnie in love, compassion and comfort.

You can comment on her post here: http://bonniesbrainstorm.blogspot.com/2010/09/by-numbers.html

Time to drop a Love Bomb, team!

Lauren

Hey everyone!

This week we are dropping a Love Bomb on a young woman named Victoria.

Several of you may know that it is National Invisible Illness Week – it is a reminder to all of us that even though we may not see pain or sickness on the surface, we never know how much someone is suffering.

Victoria has Lyme disease, and writes in her post,

“Sometimes I wish my illness was visible because maybe people would be more understanding. People don’t understand how you can look normal but claim to be so sick. Many times you will lose friends because they think you are faking it. Doctors will send you away because you look “okay”. We just want someone to validate how bad we feel and how hard we worked just to leave the house.”

Many of us suffer from invisible illnesses of our own kinds: depression, panic attacks, a broken heart, chronic pain, medical conditions, and so on. We can’t walk around reminding everyone how much pain we are in, and we all know how difficult it is to suffer through something without recognition or validation. It is so important for us to remember to love one another generously and express it constantly; we never know how much it is needed.

Victoria said, “One of the best things you can do for a chronic illness is leave random notes for the person suffering that will make them laugh or tell them that you are behind them 100%.” Little does she know she’s about to get plenty of that!

Please join us in sharing some love, encouragement, laughs or support for Victoria! You can comment on her blog here: http://victoriawilguess.blogspot.com/2010/09/national-invisible-illness-week.html

Alright team, time to go drop a Love Bomb!

Lauren

I know this love bomb comes a little bit later, but it is not one that needs immediate action.

Hey Team!

This past weekend I took a 3 day break from all technology (phone, internet, etc).

It was so rewarding. I’m a huge fan of social networking, and I absolutely love the way it allows me to meet people and remain connected with friends in ways that just aren’t physically possible. Obviously it’s useful; it makes Love Bomb possible! 😉

That being said, this weekend I was able to write a handful of letters to some people I love dearly. I wouldn’t have had the time otherwise.

So, this week I thought we’d do an unplugged version of Love Bomb.

Instead of leaving a comment for someone online, I would like all of you to give a handwritten note or letter (it does NOT have to be long) to someone in person. Deliver it personally or drop it in the mail.

I know this is “harder” and takes a tad bit more work on your end, but guys? We do this for OTHERS. Not for us!

This person can be family, a close friend, a new acquaintance, or a complete stranger. Just tell them they are loved, and encourage them.

If you want, email “mylovebomb@gmail.com” with the transcript of your note, a photo of it, or a little story about what happened. Or simply your thoughts on this mission! I want to be able to share the results with the whole team, so help me make that possible! I’m really excited to see what this turns out to look like.

Alright team, time to go drop a Love Bomb – IN PERSON.

Lauren

Can I just add as a follow-up that I’ve been trying to do this lately and how I love getting mail and I wish that more people would write me. I think that people to people connection of old fashioned letters – well, it just makes someone feel good on the inside.

Melissa

Hey Team!

This week we are doing something just a tad different.

Typically we drop a Love Bomb on one person, but this week we are dropping a Love Bomb on the entire Chicago Fire Department.

Chris Wheatley, one of their firefighters, died in the line of duty on August 9th.

Nate and I would like for this Love Bomb mission to be two-fold:

1) To encourage, support and comfort the Chicago Fire Department as they’ve lost a brother in duty.

2) To thank the Chicago Fire Department for serving their community so faithfully.

As most of you know, Nate (@ItStartsWithUs) runs our parent organization, ItStartsWith.Us – their 15 minute mission for this week is to help out a service worker. Every now and then the ItStartsWithUs team helps us drop our Love Bombs, so I thought it would be awesome if we could do our part by supporting a service worker (a lot of them!) while we drop our Love Bomb at the same time!

You can leave a comment on the Chicago Fire Department’s blog here: http://cfdblaze.com/2010/08/cffu-local-2-tom-ryan/

Lauren

Sorry this is late!

Hey Love Bomb family!

We are dropping today’s Love Bomb on a 17 year old girl named Rachel.

She lost her dad and ever since has dealt with eating disorders, and is struggling through life without him. Her mom avoids serious conversations with her and she is afraid to get help. She’s in counseling, which is wonderful –  but we all know how irreplaceable personal words of encouragement are.

In one of her recent posts, she bullet-pointed a list of things she had to show for nearly being 18:

– I drink too much
– I have social anxiety
– I’m failing school
– I’m ugly
– I’m fat
– I can’t even get the courage to meet my own sister
– I lack the energy to even fake happiness
– I have recurring thoughts of self-harm
– I keep relapsing into “disordered eating behaviours”

In her last post, the one we’ll be commenting on, she ends with,

“What I need is some inspiration. I need someone I admire to tell me every thing’s going to be alright. That they believe in me. That I’m not the fat failure I think I am. – unfortunately I can’t see that happening any time before it’s too late, if it’s not already too late.”

Alright guys. You know what to do. We ARE Rachel’s inspiration, encouragement, love, and support.  It’s time to tell her how beautiful and valuable she is. I want to blow her away.

To comment on her blog, go here: whatyouneverknewaboutme.blogspot.com

Time to drop a Love Bomb, friends!

“There is no limit to the good one can do, when he cares not who gets the credit.” – Unknown

Welcome to Thursday’s Talk where I will bring you a round up of other blog articles, news articles, or anything else I found interesting that I think you should read.

ANIMALS

From Friends of Animals: What Does Color Have to Do with Animal Adoption?

ENVIRONMENT

-From Gimundo: Get Money for Going Green

INSPIRATION

(I’m adding this category so I can try to give you stories of hope that I’m not sure fit anywhere else)

-From The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training Blog: Running for their Sister

MILITARY

-From Gimundo: In Memory of His Son

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  – Mohandas Gandhi

Type: Action

Category: Environment

Organization: Green America

Currently, the EPA has opposed two very different plans for what to do with coal ash, a waste product that coal leaves us with. This is a toxic substance that can be very harmful to humans. One plan calls for states and such to deal with it on there own and classifying it as a non-hazardous waste. The other plan calls for it to be a hazardous waste and for the EPA to regulate it. This is the plan that should happen considering the environmental and human damage is causes. Tell the EPA to make it a hazardous waste today.

“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.” – Francis Bacon

Type: Event (Fundraiser of sorts but also a launch party)

Category: Anti-Rape

Organization: Men Can Stop Rape

When I volunteered at a domestic violence shelter this summer, one of the things we talked about is how part of ending domestic violence is in getting men to tell other men it’s wrong, for it to become unpopular among men. I think the same way is true with rape. We have to have men saying openly and to others that rape and any form of sexual harassment are wrong. That’s why Men Can Stop Rape is such an important organization to me. They are having their 2010 Men of Strength Awards. It will be in Washington DC on September 22nd. Find out more details here.

“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.” – William Osler

Type: Event

Category: Environment

Organization: Sierra Club

Sierra Club is holding an experiment to see who can live without a carbon impact. It will start this Sunday (the day after my birthday) and I was wondering if we could get a group of people together who read this blog to participate. So if you want to participate (and if you want to participate with me!) fill out the form and drop “Do Good More Blog (dogoodmore.wordpress.com) in the box where it asks if you are part of a group.

“If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at one, I will.” – Mother Teresa

Type: Funds Request

Category: Animals

Organization: In Defense of Animals

Right now is a very dangerous time for Canadian Geese in the US. There has been deemed that there are too many – so their plan? To just kill them off. We can’t just keep killing off our animal species. To donate to them to help stop the slaughter of geese, go here.