Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

World Explorer May 29, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 9:01 pm
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Location: Main St. Unionville bench


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a pick-me-up during your day. I’ve always wanted to be an explorer so here are some tips on how to be a world explorer that I found.

  1. Always be LOOKING. (Notice the ground beneath your feet.)
  2. Consider everything alive and animate.
  3. EVERYTHING is interesting. LOOK CLOSER.
  4. Alter your course often.
  5. Observe for long durations (AND SHORT ONES).
  6. Notice the stories going on around you.
  8. DOCUMENT your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways.
  9. Incorporate indeterminacy.
  10. Observe MOVEMENT.
  11. Create a personal dialogue with your environment. TALK TO IT.
  12. Trace things back to their ORIGINS.
  13. Use ALL of the senses in your investigations.

Enjoy your exploring of the world! Have a good day :).

Your friendly picker upper


I am a world May 27, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 10:56 pm
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Location: Sparta Court mailbox


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you today? I hope this note serves asĀ  a little pick-me-up during your day. I recently read a quote that said, “you don’t just live in a world but a world lives in you.”

Do you realize how profound that is? I have a world in me. I am a world. I have continents, countries and cities. I have buildings that house the memories I’ve made with people I have come across. I have rivers, lakes and oceans of tears shed in both sadness and happiness. I have great big trees and little trees of stories I’ve seen and heard. I have a population – the people in my life. I have a religion and beliefs. I have an economy. I have war, battles and conflicts. I have mountains of obstacles. I can give life and I can mourn death. My body houses ecosystems working together to create this world. I have the moon and stars in my eyes that glow. I have people, families. I have foreigners. I have immigrants, emigrants and tourists. I have a creator and I will have a destroyer. I have a history. I have time, I have years. I have differences. I have beauty and ugliness. Yes, I am a world. You too are a world. We all are.

Have a good day.


Your friendly picker upper