Every time I hear Jean Valjean sing those lines at the end of the musical Les Misérables — based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name — I start weeping.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a cheesy high school production or an all-star Broadway ensemble.
It doesn’t matter if Valjean is hitting the right notes, or if his voice is cracking like a prepubescent teenager.
Those words. They ring true. Every time.
To love another person … is to experience yourself at your very best. Compassionate. Generous. Trusting. Devoted. You. Yourself. Closest to God. (However you define God.)
So, who do you love?
Your friends? Your partner? That incredible man or woman you just met 24 hours ago? Your teachers? Your mentors? Your mama + papa? Your heroes? Your hair dresser? Your boss?
Whoever you love, and however you love them … I want you to tell them.
Here are a couple of scripts to help you find the right words.
Ready? Set? Fill in the blanks. Love up the world.
A note for your sweetheart.
The great Lao Tzu once said:
‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.’
I know that it’s true. Because I know you.
Here are three ways you’ve made me stronger + more courageous:
1. I understand, now, that I never have to settle for _________________.
2. I can bravely ask for _________________, because I know you care about what I need.
3. I have the confidence to _________________, because I know you’re always rooting for me.
Oh, and … aside from all that?
You’ve given me so many delicious memories. Like that one time we _________________. And that other time we _________________.
Thank you. For everything you’ve given me.
I love you. For everything you are.
A note for one of your best friends.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — and it’s usually reserved for lovers + couples.
But I think friends deserve MEGA love, too.
And I can’t think of anybody who deserves an avalanche of appreciation more than you.
Since meeting you, I have learned …
1. That REAL friends are always there when you need _________________, even when _________________.
2. That GREAT friends forgive you when you _________________, but never let you get away with _________________.
3. That I’m likeable + lovable + valuable, even though I’m not perfect and sometimes, I _________________.
Thank you for being my friend, and for letting me into your life.
Let’s get together and _________________ very soon, and laugh about _________________ until we start weeping.
Send me a date. Can’t hardly wait.
A note for a ‘total stranger’ who totally inspires you.
Remember back in high school, when secret admirers would leave little notes, shoved into your locker?
This note is kinda like that. Except, I don’t want to invite you to the homecoming dance.
I just want to say how much you — and your work — have already changed my life.
You’ve shown me that it’s totally possible to _________________, even when it seems like _________________.
And you’ve inspired me to _________________. I honestly don’t think I would’ve done it, if I hadn’t discovered you first.
If I had your address — or the location of your locker — there would be chocolates, roses and champagne, waiting for you.
But I don’t. So for now, let me simply say:
A fan, forever.
Like these 3 notes? Want 7 more?
Get a copy of I ❤ YOU SO HARD — my new wee-book!
I ❤ YOU SO HARD is a digital booklet. Delivery = instant, straight to your inbox.
It’s got 10 fill-in-the-blank love notes to make saying “I love you” a little bit easier.
All for $5 bucks.
Inside, you’ll find notes for …
: Your partner.
: Your colleague.
: Your best friend.
: Your favorite teacher.
: Your super-cool boss.
: Somebody you have a crush on.
: A total stranger who totally inspires you.
: Your hairdresser, barista, or anyone in your community.
: Somebody who’s had a rough year and really needs a lift.
: Somebody you’re madly in love with (who doesn’t know it yet).
Use them over + over, forever + ever.
Here’s to love.
To you, from you, all around you.