Dear neighbor,

It's wonderful to know that the show has such quality listeners. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wanted to tell you a small story with big implications. Nashville designer Beth Mathews uses her design skills for good. She's made work to aid women and refugees in their fight for equality and dignity. She's made posters of immigrant run restaurants in Nashville. I was honored when she designed some Neighbors greeting cards for people to write nice notes to others. I like that it takes this idea of connecting to one another and puts it into your hands.

Shortly after I had some of these cards printed, Beth told me that a 90 year old man in her neighborhood tried to take his own life. He was unsuccessful, but she always thought the house he lived in was empty. It impressed upon her the importance of reaching out to the people around her. You never know what someone's going through. Reaching out tells someone they're valuable (because guess what they are and guess what so are you). Reaching out can change an hour, a day, or a life.

Here you can print out a version of the greeting card and write a nice note to someone. I don't care if you use this format or get a card from Trader Joe's or maybe writing songs or baking cookies is more your thing. But please, please, please get to know your neighbors. To borrow from Flannery O'Connor—the life you save may be your own.

-Jakob Lewis


P.S. I once did story about Beth called "The Fence Jumper". You can listen below: