Updated: Feb 28
The Kindness Rock Project is a delightful trend where people of all ages, and from all walks of life, paint rocks and leave them for others to find. Photos of the painted rocks and hints of where to find them are commonly shared on the various Facebook groups.
Their motto: “One message at just the right moment, can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life.” It's about creativity, community and brightening someone's day.
'Kindness Rocks Vancouver Island' was inspired by #thekindnessrocksproject movement, of which our huge-hearted, new-to-Works-of-HeART-Project-friend, Brenda Gilchrist-Sword, is a member. Brenda brought a whole bunch of her hand-painted kindness rocks to our brainstorming meeting this February and shared them with all of us. For myself, I decided on two with the messages, “Hate is heavy. Let it go” and "Hugs are amazing". I love them and plan to keep one for myself, as a reminder of what is important in life, and hide the other one for someone else to find.
We are planning to collaborate with Brenda on a community project in the near future, as this project is something most anyone can get involved with. What a great way to bring people together from all walks of life, and spread a little joy at the same time!
If you want to be part of the 'Kindness Rock' project, you can find them all over the place! Just type in #thekindnessrocksproject on social media and you are bound to find one near you. If not, you could start your own! There are a few, simple instructions of what to do, which you should be able to find on the individual Facebook pages. You can also find some helpful hints here. If you live on Vancouver Island, BC, you might consider joining the 'Kindness Rocks Vancouver Island' and get into the action.
Brenda shared with us some heartwarming stories told by people who have found the rocks at a time when they really needed something positive in their lives. Life is hard. We never really know how people are feeling. So anything we can do to spread kindness and encourage others, is never wasted time. And sometimes we forget that the simplest of gestures can be the most profound.
Let this inspire you to find your own way of spreading kindness and goodwill. Thank you Brenda for shining your light! We need more people like you in the world.