Your Community's Fingerprint
1. Start Small
Start small and try to choose a date or a month that has some tie-in to community love like gratitude, peace, kindness, community, a celebration of diversity. Or you could generate more involvement for adopted causes or projects at your school, company, neighborhood or town.
- Valentine's Day, Feb 14: Love is More than Roses and Chocolates with focus on bigger community love or those in hospitals, homeless shelters, jails
- Pay It Forward Day, April 28 &
National Poetry Month (April): For more advanced classes, ask students to re-write their haikus into 14 word poems. (This yields more ways of creative thinking, expression, due to the words, not syllables, that count.
- One Day Peace, Sept 21: focus on anti-bullying, non-violent communication or family violence awareness
- Halloween Oct 31: anonymously-penned poems about masks and identity collected in a jack-o-lantern, chosen at party and/or distributed to a larger community
- Thanksgiving Nov 22: 14 words of gratitude for all community members, distributed to isolated or poorer neighborhoods along with a food, gift or service drive
2. Human Contact
For several years, our global 14 Words for Love community has written and gifted thousands of poems, aphorisms and quotes. Many of us take dozens or hundreds into our local communities on Valentine's Day or Earth Day or any occasion that suits us. Like people, every event is different! Each neighborhood, town, workplace, and school has a unique culture, a kind of collective fingerprint.