At this years Brightest Young Minds conference (which I still have to write a full post about) there was a “Sugar Cube” wall. On this wall were envelopes with the name of every one of the participants and organisers. And on the side there was a stack of cards and pens for writing.

The idea was to write a “sweet” message to someone who you’d met at the conference. After writing it you could include your name or leave it anonymous, and then pop it in to their envelope. These were then handed out at the final gala dinner, with the condition that they could only be opened when we got home.

These sugar cubes provided such a beautiful twist to the event. They allowed for a very sincere, very kind communication between the participants. It also enabled deep reflection, both on the part of the writer and the receiver, about themselves and others. And finally, it provided a beautiful self-esteem and confidence boost to the receivers.

Real Life Sugar Cubes

I’ve stuck all the sugar cubes up in my bedroom, as they act as a reminder of the amazing people I met and the experience we shared. It also helps fight off the odd bought of imposter syndrome (which seems to be showing up quite a bit recently).

Beyond this, it has made me realise the importance of recognising people and telling them how you feel about them. Since the conference, I’ve made an active effort to tell people when I think they’re amazing. In some cases, I’ve left anonymous sugar cubes, and in others I’ve sent sneaky voice notes to remind them how great I think they are.

It’s a small thing to do, but it can have a massive impact on a person. So don’t forget to leave a sugar cube whenever you can.


Image was taken at the conference. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the full sugar cube wall but you can see it in the top right corner of this pic.

 

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