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A Billion Messages of Hope and Inspiration

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Careful what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours.” It’s true. If you have a dream, write it down. The moment you set your dream to paper all sorts of unforeseen support, people and material assistance will quietly conspire to make your dream come true.

That’s how Compendium got its start. In the mid-1980’s I watched as the McDonald’s hamburger chain updated its signs to read, “50 Billion Served.”  I remember standing on a sidewalk in Seattle, looking up at that sign and thinking, “Hey, if someone can serve up 50 billion burgers, someone else ought to be able to find a way to serve the world something a little  more inspiring.”

Later that week I wrote this sentence on my white board: One Billion Messages of Hope and Inspiration Served. Well...be careful what you set your heart upon, for it surely shall be yours.

Within a few months, we had designed the first Compendium “Window Card.” The concept was simple: Hide a brief message of hope and inspiration behind a die-cut window in a little pop-open card—and then encourage people to give them away to inspire others.

Practice Kindness window cards from Compendium, Inc.

Practice Kindness window cards

People of all ages and walks of life quickly discovered our Window Cards. The first year we circulated nearly 10 million cards, and the numbers just kept growing. At 650 million cards we lost count, but we’ve never lost sight of our dream—to send millions and millions of inspiring messages, cards, books and gifts into the world.

It is fulfilling work.  Over the years Compendium Window Cards have been carried into outer space with American astronauts…to the top of Mt Everest with International climbing teams...and to the bottom of the ocean with U.S. Submarine crews.

Thousands of parents and teachers have used Window Cards to inspire millions of young people. Window Cards were handed out at Ground Zero to raise the spirits of the courageous 911 response teams, and in countless hospitals and cancer treatment centers throughout the nation.

In the business world, custom Window Cards have been used to communicate the spirit and values of great companies such as Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, LensCrafters, Sun Microsystems, Marriott Hotels and many others. And we think the best is yet to be.

The world needs your ideas, energy and enthusiasm. If you have a dream—no matter how farfetched it may seem—everyone here at Compendium urges you to write it down. Be careful, though, for whatever you set your heart upon surely shall be yours.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jess 02.10.2010 | 4:27 PM

    What a beautiful, amazing story. Your company and fabulous products inspire me so much. I love giving your products as gifts (to myself and loved ones!). I am a nurse, and I love to give your window cards to patients and their families. :) Thank you for all that you do.
  • 2 Heather Harvell 02.10.2010 | 4:59 PM

    Wow, again I am deeply touched by your company and it's message. I sit here with tears welling up because everytime I read something from Compendium, your staff and such it is the exact moment I need to be reading it, to be reminded of what it is I truly desire. So, today I write down my dreams...following your warning, welcoming your warning with an open heart,mind, and soul"Be careful, though, for whatever you set your heart upon surely shall be yours." I will keep you updated. xoxo
  • 3 donna mc 02.11.2010 | 4:19 AM

    I found your company a few years ago..and am one of your biggest fans. love.love.love the inspiration you help me to share with friends family and complete strangers!: )
  • 4 Gaby W. 02.12.2010 | 3:35 PM

    I heard about you a couple of months ago, and I find it AMAZING! I love it, I love being inspired and inspire the people around me! Thanks for sharing your story, I have been dying to know how everything started! THANKS!!
  • 5 Mary 02.18.2010 | 7:37 PM

    Since the time I found out about this website, I felt life is more than amazing that i can imagine. thanks for lifting up my spirits.

    Btw, do you supply books to other countries. Is there any bookstore in Singapore that has your products?
  • 6 Sara McClure 03.12.2010 | 5:23 AM

    I have always loved quotes, i often use the ones you post on your face book page to not only brighten my day, but days of others. I thank ya'll for being :) Enjoy every day!
  • 7 Tiffany 03.31.2010 | 3:48 PM

    Indeed, a beautiful story! I love all your products and everything this company stands for! Please keep inspiring!
  • 8 Stephanie 04.30.2010 | 12:05 PM

    What a wonderful story! I am so impressed by Compendium's mission...and I'd love to partner with you somehow.

    I'll be sending you an e-mail... :)

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