How DId You Hear About The Kindness Rocks Project?

Looked it up after i found a rock.

Where Did You Find a Rock?

Randomly Placed

Where? (Location)

Seattle, WA (Salmonbay)

What inspired you to contact/join TKRP?

I wanted to share how much this meant to me.

What was your initial reaction or impression when you stumbled upon the rock?

I was excited I found a rock for me. I was happy because the statement was perfect for my situation. I almost cried.

What did the rock have written on it? (You can attach pictures below)

You Got This

Any other thoughts, emotions comments, stories…

I am going through Chemo for Colon cancer right now. On Wednesdays I am at the Dr’s office for Chemo treatment and I leave with a pack to intravenously drip chemo on Thursday and Friday. I found the rock on a Thursday as I was getting out of my car on a “Chemo at work day” and saw a rock with “You got this” hand painted on it. What a perfect inspirational message as I am trying to work and do Chemo at the same time.

FIRST of all THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I was a Kindergarten/First Grade teacher for 35 years. I used the bucket filler program in my classroom. (Hopefully you are aware of that program) I am now retired and felt like I needed to do something to carry that program into the world and wasn’t sure how to do it. Then Cape Cod magazine arrived! YAHOOOOO! WE visit the Cape almost every summer and stay in Chatham, had been to your jewelry store I think. Anyway I have joined and will begin the endeavor here in DE. I would like to concentrate on shelters, hospitals and the cancer center where I was treated 15 years ago. I began collecting heart rocks 15 years ago and placing them in jars and bowls and any way I could on display in my house to remind myself of the love available in nature. Again thank you! L.E.

Hi L.E.,

Thank you so much for reaching out to after reading the article in Cape Cod Life Magazine. I am so happy you enjoyed the article. I am a bit overwhelmed by all of the attention the project has received as it started as an anonymous personal hobby , however, many have now joined and it has become somewhat of a much larger movement.  I never imagined that it would take this course, however I am grateful to be able to touch so many others with one idea of promoting simple acts of kindness. I think your idea is great, shelters, hospitals, etc. are great places to share the inspiration. I am corresponding currently with a woman in a shelter in the Bronx NY who wants to join us, and I told her to simply begin by leaving positive messages for others in the shelter on scrap paper, hidden in plain sight for others to find. This truly is a wonderful way to make a small difference in the lives of others. I am so happy to be a part of that, even if I have to move out of my personal comfort zone to lead this movement. Please keep me in the loop through email, on your efforts, as they will inspire me and countless others.

Kindly, M.M. The Kindness Rocks Project

“Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding” Albert Einstein

Peace, love and understanding can only be achieved when we seek to create for the common good. We must be mindful to the needs and opinions of others to become an agent for peace. It is the mission of TKRP to bring light to that process. Our main purpose is to promote kindness, whether with Kindness rocks or other cool unexpected random ways. That is our main goal! If you do choose to participate in placing Kindness rocks, it is IMPORTANT to be mindful of that process. Please visit https://lnt.org/ and ahere to their rules and regulations. Seek & receive permission from your local town to create inspirational rock garden installations. Dropping 1 rock with encouraging words on it in a public place can be inspirational, dropping hundreds could undo any good intentions you have created. This project has grown in great numbers from a simple hobby of one to a movement of many. BE MINDFUL and BE RESPECTFUL of others, as that is what true kindness and peace is all about.  

 

Amazing how this Project has grown…this week 17,000 people will have joined us on Facebook and nearly 4,000 on Instagram! The goal is to spread the idea of initiating simple acts of kindness and make the world a happier place:) It’s pretty amazing that the energy and efforts of many can create a movement for positive change…at a time when our world needs it most.

Keep up the amazing work and continue planting seeds of kindness, remember…your legacy is every life you touch!

Alchemy, angry seagulls and the kindness rock

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Lately I have been re-reading some of my all time favorite books. Ok, re-listening to them, as I must admit that I am an avid audiobook listener. I look forward to my morning walks for this purpose. I can’t wait to lace up my sneakers, fill my pockets with kindness rocks throw on my cold weather walking gear and hit the beach. There is something deeply restorative surrounding my morning routine. It could be the solitude, the fresh salt air or the inspiration I find in the books I listen to. I believe it’s the alchemy of all three.

 

What is alchemy you may ask? Well ironically it’s the title of my all time favorite book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I highly recommend reading it, or in my case, listening to it. It’s a story of a young shepherd boy in search of  his personal legend, finding his purpose in life and fulfilling his dream. Isn’t that the journey we are all on?  It’s beautifully written, full of insight and interesting characters, and if you download the audio version, it is read by Jeremy Irons, BONUS!

 

The dictionary.com definition of alchemy is “any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance,usually of little value, into a substance of great value.”

 

In my life, alchemy is found within the little synchronicities that occur each day leaving me with great insight towards the direction I should move in. Beautifully summed up by Jen Sincero in her book You are a Badass, “Coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous”.  I love that quote.

 

Such synchronicities, coincidences or God winks are like breadcrumbs along life’s path. These breadcrumbs always lead me back to where I need to be.  Unless a wild animal, aka a negative person or situation in my life, gets there first and eats them, thus leaving me lost in the woods, unsure of myself, and without a sense of direction. That sometimes happens. Let me rephrase that, sometimes I allow that to happen to me.

 

These were the times I was truly disconnected to my self, to others and to the life that I was meant to live. Trust me, Disconnection is a frustrating and lonely place. Maybe you too are familiar with it.

 

Lao Tzu wrote,

 

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.

If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

The alchemy of it all is that connection leads to peace. To be connected we must start by remaining present.    I begin each day, by connecting with positive messages found in inspiring books. Next, I connect with myself by turning off that audiobook when I reach the beach and I begin to walk mindfully. Meaning, keeping my thoughts clear. When I begin to think about past events, I return my focus to my breath which brings me back to the present moment, clear from thought. This process is much like meditation, but with my eyes open while walking. Meditation is typically done in a seated position with your eyes closed.  However, mediation can take many forms, and this is how I incorporate it in my day.

 

More often than not, I find my thoughts focussed on my todo list.. Lao Tzu would call this being in a  state of anxiety. I would agree 100%. Lao Tzu really knew his stuff.

 

So once again, I let those thoughts dissipate like the waves. In that still moment, I am flooded with great insight. This is not the place or time to use my breadcrumb analogy,  as the beach is full of seagulls waiting for that random piece of bread to appear so they can dive bomb me,  pick it up, poop on my head and fly away. Oh the irony in it all.

 

So if I did use that analogy, and that actually happened, would I allow that to ruin my day? Would I stand in the middle of the beach, angry and annoyed unable to continue, or would I laugh out loud and carry on? It would seem ridiculous for me to allow an angry bird to ruin my walk…day….life…wouldn’t it?

 

Today, I use that image of a seagull every time I come across an angry or aggressive person in my life. And, trust me, there’s a lot of seagulls where I live. I now choose rocks as my trail of breadcrumbs and I leave some along the way for others to follow. Seagulls aren’t attracted to kindness rocks so I think I have found a solution for all of us.

 

So If you happen to find one of my rocks, either on the beaches of Cape Cod or on social media. Let that rock be a reminder for you to remain present. If you relate with the message,  may it become a positive catalyst for that deeper personal connection you may be seeking. My hope is that each and every time you come across one it will remind you that you too have a personal legend to fulfill.