I received an email from a co-worker today that was absolutely beautiful. I’m so thankful to have recieved this, as it is something that needs to be shared. I hope by posting and sharing with you that I am able to make even a tiny difference in someone’s life, just as Elena, the miracle behind this message, has done herself.
The following is the email that was sent by Jeff Wheaton, Manufacturing Engineer, Newell Rubbermaid (pictured below). Thank you for sending this, Jeff. Sometimes, it can be so easy to lose sight of what the important things in life truly are.
Most people want to feel that their work is making a difference in the world. That it is not just about making money to pay the bills. Well how does making/selling Sharpies make the world better?
The below story beautifully illustrates how Sharpie markers make a difference in the world. They are all about enabling people to share feelings with each other. To give each other “hugs” when least expected and most needed. I don’t know if Elena used Sharpies for her notes, but I would like to think she did; that my job helped enable her beautiful expression of love for her family.
- J.Wheaton, Newell Rubbermaid.
Elena left hundreds of notes like these:
Elena’s parents, Brooke and Keith Desserich, have now published these notes in a book called Notes Left Behind to fund a non-profit organization The Cure Starts Now dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer.
Purchase your copy of Notes Left Behind.