Kindness Rocks

The Kindness Rocks Project

I was on a girl’s weekend with a few of my friends. We happened to be at Susquehanna University, a beautiful campus with lots of quiet and flowers. I wanted to stay in the shade and decided to walk under a line of trees to keep cool.

Turning a corner, I saw the large flat stones. It stopped me right in my tracks. Here’s what it said.

How fitting that this should be on a college campus. So many people of all ages probably go to this school, work and study hard, and sit among the trees on a gorgeous day. Maybe on a tough day they need to see this. Perhaps they pick up a rock and take it back to their room. It’s possible it will make their day a little brighter.

I decided to be needy and so I took a rock. It said, “You are Worth It.” I love it. I brought it home and placed it in the soil of my growing fig tree. I hope the tree will note this message and feel free to grow tall and strong. I did briefly wonder if I should not take a rock since I didn’t have one to leave. I don’t think this is the main purpose. I think the rocks are there for the taking.

I would have loved to be in the room when these were being painted. How did the painters decide what quotes to choose? There were some rocks with only one word on them. Others had more sayings. Since then, I’ve looked up the Kindness Rocks website and wow, there are so many more wonderful rocks!

I told my friend Ms. Child about the Kindness Rocks. She thought maybe she’d start one in her area. Lo and behold she went on the website and it turns out there is one near her! She’s excited about creating some rocks of her own and visiting the project. How cool is that? To find out if there is a Kindness Rocks project in your area, click HERE.

This is bigger than you think. Check out the video.

I love this wonderful idea. A landmark birthday is looming this year and I’ve already reached out to my township to ask them for an opportunity to start a Kindness Rocks project in my local park. If you live near me, let me know if you’ll come and paint with me.

PS. The Kindness Rocks website is full of information! Many gorgeous rocks and a downloadable “how to” on the best materials to use.

Join me on my graceful journey.

12 Replies to “Kindness Rocks”

  1. howdy friend,
    Loved your love rocks post. Actually, this morning, I was thumbing through facebook and found an address of a place in town that has kindness rocks outside…. take one, leave three. I’m going tomorrow to see. They have benches to sit and think about stuff or life or whatever. I want to find a rock and then you know me………….I will paint oodles and oodles to leave and share.
    Love this idea… LOVE the idea of celebrating your birthday with such a loving project.
    Rock On, sistah friend!
    Rock On!

    1. I LOVE that you are doing this! Makes me feel connected to you even though we are on separate coasts! Make sure you take lots of pictures. Can’t wait to see your rocks. xoxo

  2. Hi Joanne, What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday and such a loving way to give back to someone who may need a little inspiration💖 What a kind gesture! Someway, your fig tree will absorb that message and will do well and produce many figs for you! It is very thought provoking to think about what prompted a certain person to paint a special rock a certain color and then choose the inspirational message. You never know…a pretty painted rock with a special message may just change the course of someone’s day! I’ll look forward to visiting your Kindness Rock Project in the park!

    1. Hi Cindy, I agree with all you said! Hopefully my fig tree will absorb the beautiful message. I’m going to let you know when we are painting rocks and when the garden is done. I’d love for you to come with Karen and be crafty. 😉 Thank you!

  3. Oh Joanne,
    This whole post reflects your big heart and kind spirit. What a wonderful notion, and I’m so happy happy that you shared it.
    I have GOT to check this out when I’m back in cyberspace (in July!)
    Love you, miss you – really hope we can meet some day soon. xo

  4. Incredibly thoughtful and heart-felt celebration.

    The rocks project is very cool. My step-sister gave me a cool rock-love present recently. It’s a rock that our kids can give to us whenever they feel grateful for us. Like when they feel love in their heart, they give us this painted rock, a “blessing rock” to show it. I thought it was one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received.


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