#Kindness Rocks Project – #WATWB – How it Began – How to Participate

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Kindness Rocks Project 

 

Every last Friday of the month, #WATWB (We are the world Blogfest) community posts an article they’ve found inspiring in the news and share it with the tag #WATWB on social media. The purpose is to focus on kindness and inspirational events that happen around the world to overshadow some of the negativity that is going on in the world.

 

As I am a huge advocate for kindness and all things pertaining to, I came across this article on the Kindness Rocks Project which grabbed my attention. It’s no surprise that through the years I’ve collected such types of rocks throughout my travels and keep them around my home for inspirational reminders. But what about this fabulous idea Megan Murphy came up with to share the inspiration around the world by creating our own rocks with our own inspirational quotes and placing them randomly anywhere we go for someone to find and feel inspired?  Read about this wonderful project below.

 

This project was created by Megan Murphy.

 

Megan Murphy is a Women’s Empowerment Coach concentrating on inspiring strong women.

 

Megan is a business mentor for SCORE, freelance writer, 2017 O Magazine Insider, Founder of The Kindness Rocks Project, Lecturer and Vice President of Flower Angels USA, a Non-profit located on Cape Cod where she resides with her husband, three daughters and two giant dogs.

 

“The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random  inspirational rocks dropped along the way.

 

Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!

 

Living near the ocean, I walk the beach daily. The beach is where many go when they seek insight or a peaceful place to think.

 

Losing my parents at a young age meant losing my advisers, my sounding board,  and my role models.  During difficult or stressful moments in my life, I found myself looking for “signs” on my morning walk, such as a heart shaped rock or a piece of sea glass. I perceived these small beach treasures as  “signs”  or as a divine message and  the random inspiration I needed to signify that things would be o.k.

 

“Maybe I wasn’t the only one looking for such signs!”

 

Thus The Kindness Rocks Project was born.

 

It started as a hobby of one… painting and dropping a few rocks at a time, when something amazing happened. I began receiving messages from strangers about how much the rock they found meant to them. So I stepped up my rock painting and added social media, a website and encouraged others to join me.  This hobby has now turned into a movement due to the energy of many… and today this project has grown into inspiration gardens placed around Cape Cod and beyond. The beyond part is what I am most happy about (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, India, Thailand, Haiti, Italy and England).

 

Cape Cod is a place where people come to vacation from around the world…they began taking photos of the inspirational beach gardens and sharing them on social media, or picking up single kindness rocks off the dog park trails and bringing them back to their communities. These kind people started joining The Kindness Rocks Project or were moved enough to start a similar project in their community!

 

Now how cool is that?

 

It has become a grass roots kindness movement. If one person finds a rock with a message that speaks to them during a difficult time, OUR efforts have made a difference! Our goal is to encourage others to find cool creative ways to reach out and brighten someones day unexpectedly whether it be through kindness rocks, love notes, random acts of generosity…the skies the limit!

 

One message at just the right moment can change your entire day…outlook…life!” Continue Reading . . .

 

 

 

You can read HERE how to get involved and create your rocks!

Inspirational Rocks

A small selection of my own rocks

 

This post was written to join in the #WATWB  (We are the world Blogfest)  which all bloggers can join in any time and share something inspirational the last Friday of each month. You can also join in our Facebook group and find many posts to read on positivity and kindness.

 

To add an inspiration post you can click on the Linky Add on Here to add yours.

 Your cohosts for this month are:

Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanInderpreet Uppal, Sylvia Stein, DamyantiBiswas. Please feel free to visit their inspirational posts.

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  1. Thanks for this, Debbie. When collecting rocks as a child I’d not have thought to leave messages for others. It is kind and a great way of people expressing creativity Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB

    1. Thanks Simon. Isn’t it just a beautiful way to spread kindness? 🙂

  2. Hi DG – love this idea … and I really should perhaps get someone in this seaside town interested and get it set up here … wonderful to see and read about – thanks … cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary! Thanks so much. Yes! What a fabulous idea to get the project going in your area. You have the access to stones! Spread the kindness! 🙂 Happy weekend! 🙂 xx

  3. This is a wonderful project– I’ve read about these random, beautiful messages before. It is aptly named: the Kindness Project. The spirit of this project matches that of WTAWB so well. Thanks for your support, Debby.

    1. Thanks D! I thought it was such a fabulous project too! 🙂 x

  4. Fantastic post of course Debby.. lack of kindness either given or received leaves a gaping hole in a life and what we receive as you well know in our childhood echoes throughout our lives. In the Blogger tonight.. hugs ♥

    1. Right on my friend! And thank you once again for including my post. I hope this project spreads far and wide. I think I will do this while I spend my winter at the ocean next year! <3 xx

      1. Absolutely Debby.. judging by the amount of rain we have had the last three days we are already by the ocean….. ♥

        1. Oh Sal, don’t get me started! We’ve had one full sunny day this summer. Still need jackets at night. feels like autumn today. We had winter til end of April here, no summer with one month til September 🙁 Will make up for this in Mexico! 🙂 <3

          1. It is all changing Debby and as they say in Game of Thrones.. Winter is Coming…. ♥

          2. LOL 🙂 xo

    1. Wow! Great minds? 🙂 x

  5. Thanks for participating in July’s #WATWB. It’s a cool idea to leave inspirational sayings on rocks for others to find. I’ve heard of this before and this it’s a great way to promote positive thought.

    1. Thanks Mary. Imagine if everyone made just a few of these rocks and left them randomly to be found and inspire someone. I would love to find one. 🙂

  6. I love the idea of the rocks. We did a similar thing at my church, but with Bible references. All I had to do was pick up the rock and the entire reading was there in my head.

    1. Oooh, that’s a beautiful idea too Jacqui 🙂 x

  7. What a fun, feel-good project and perfect way to spread some joy! Thanks for sharing the story.

    1. Thanks so much Deborah, and thanks for dropping by. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for including this post in the Daily Sal. Much appreciated. Be over later. Back to writing. <3

  8. This is so lovely Debby, such a wonderful idea. Such pretty rocks with positive messages 🙂

    1. Thanks Marje. Isn’t it? How nice it would be to be out somewhere and find one. Like a message from the universe. 🙂 x

      1. Yes, that’s true, next time I’m at the beach…. xxx

  9. What a fantastic idea! Seems to be a win win situation for both the artist and the fortunate soul who stumbles across one! Thanks so much for sharing this! #WATWB Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Belinda. Thanks so much. It definitely is a win, win. I’d love to come across one myself one day. 🙂

  10. What a cool project, D.G.! I know some folks who paint rocks here in Ecuador. I think I’ll ask them for some tips and start dropping a rock here and there.

    1. Hi Emily. How wonderful! To have the project reach to Ecuador would be awesome! 🙂

  11. I love this idea, and after seeing an older post on it, planned to paint some rocks for my home and to give away. Thanks for the reminder, Debby. A nice weekend project 😀

    1. Wonderful Diana! Don’t forget to scatter them randomly in your travels. 🙂 x

  12. What a great article outlining a super idea, Deb. I have been “downsizing” my possessions and have been reluctant to part with my inspirational rocks. This is a super thing to do with them – scatter them so that they are likely to be cherished by those who find them.

    Will pin and share on FB (gasp!).

    Jumped here from Sally’s post, btw.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    1. Hi M! What an awesome idea. If you feel you have too many, scatter the around! Thanks for dropping in as always. And what???? Are you on FB now???? 🙂 xx

      1. I’ve been on FB for many years — and my articles autopost there. I just r-a-r-e-l-y visit. It drives me crazy(er) – lol. 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

        1. I post some of your articles there and tag you, and have looked for you but your name doesn’t show up????

          1. I have NO idea what’s going on or why. Every time I visit there are tons of ADDers who have found me and sent friend requests.

            My HS buds find me as well – and most of them know me by another name entirely. Are you searching for “Madelyn Griffith-Haynie”? That’s how I signed up.

            Who KNOWS what FB did with the hypen, however. Even banks and credit card companies do bizarre things there. After all, women with hyphenated last names have only been common in America since the 1960s, and all things take time. lol 🙂
            xx
            mgh

          2. Lol I found you! Yes! It was the hyphen that FB was hiding you because of. I went over and saw you hadn’t posted in 2 years, lol. You also have now option to connect as a friend, but I left you a message. 🙂 xx

          3. NOT so – every article I blog auto-posts – and I just posted yours and another manually. Not sure how they collect those metrics.

            FB frustrations keep me from posting “directly” – don’t need the exposure to the negativity that abounds on that platform either.

            I choose to spend the minutes of my life with positive bloggers like YOU (ON your blogs!)

            But I *will* “friend” you the very next time I’m there. 🙂
            xx,
            mgh

          4. Lol, I do hear you girl. 🙂 xx

  13. I enjoyed reading the project origins. Thanks! I wrote about this, also for WATWB and it’s impact in my central FL community.

    1. Thanks Kathryne. That’s so awesome you wrote about it too. Must mean it’s catching around everywhere 🙂

  14. This is beautiful, Deb ~ both the project and your post. We never know when or from where inspiration will find us; and it’s even more delightful when it surprises us 🙂 So thoughtful of you to share 💛

    1. Thanks so much Tina, As a collector or these rocks, this project really resonated with me. 🙂 I’d love to find a random one myself. <3 xo

      1. Maybe I’ll send one to John and have him drop near you house 🙂 ♥

        1. Lol, that would be so cool Tina. I’m sure if I got out a little more I might stumble across one myself. 🙂 <3

          1. You and me both, girlfriend 🙂 ❤

  15. What a lovely idea, Debby.

    1. Thanks Robbie. It’s happening in many parts of the world. 🙂

  16. Wonderful! I love it when “signs” show for us and we’re open to seeing them 🙂 And a grassroots kindness project is something you just know I’d be behind! I’ll check out the project via the link you’ve kindly provided us. Your kindness is beautiful, Debby <3

    1. Aw, thanks so much for your wonderful comment and for reading Christy. 🙂 <3

  17. Kindness…the very word brings a warm feeling within us. It has many forms and shapes and has inspired humanity around the globe in all ways. I liked this project of placing rocks with our own reflections. What an innovative idea, it reminds me of Leh, (the roof of the world) a high-desert city in the Himalayas, where you can find Buddhist messages on rocks and flags, spreading positive vibes in the serene valley. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing a thought-provoking post Deb.

    1. Wow, thanks for sharing that B. I didn’t know about Leh. What a most beautiful idea. 🙂 xx

  18. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing this Debby. I live near the ocean so could feasibly make some of these rock gems. I would love to know I made a stranger’s day better.

    1. Oh fantastic Lisa. The more the merrier. Glad I could inspire you. 🙂 xx

  19. Oh, I love this!

    1. Hi Charli. Isn’t it fantastic? 🙂

  20. It’s always best to pause, read thoroughly and reflect before commenting. Initially, I had a knee-jerk grinchy/negative response running through my head about Megan starting this project from rocks found on Cape Cod. I was imagining her dropping the painted rocks back on beaches around the world. NO, NO, NO! Then I read on and realized that wasn’t the case at all. It was taking a few rocks here and there and putting them NOT on pristine places of nature that need no enhancement but rather in places where they can inspire and move people. It is critical, as she notes on her site that one gets permission if it’s not one’s own property and don’t drop kindness rocks willy nilly in parks, beaches, etc. So now I am gratified someone has come up with yet another way of making a positive impact in the world.

    1. Thanks for your mentioning that it’s important to read through to the end, lol. 🙂

  21. This put me in mind of a trip I took as a Girl Scout assistant leader. The leader made it a habit to have a secret buddy when on trips. The idea was that each day, we had to sneak a little something we found on the trip to the girl or leader that was the secret buddy we pulled from “the hat”. One day, I found a rock – not a painted one like these – on my bed. I still have it among my collection from that trip. Now, when I come across those treasures I smile. At the time though, I was going through a personal turmoil that I did my best to hide from others. I hope these painted rocks do the same thing for others. Make them smile and remember that life is not as bad as we might feel it is sometimes – when the darkness overshadows us. Thanks for sharing this story and for being a part of #WATWB

    1. Thanks so much Lynn, for both visiting and sharing your own story. I know I’d feel inspired to find one of these rocks randomly too. 🙂

  22. I’ve heard of this before, Debby. It’s a wonderful idea and I’ve often come across these inspirational rocks. Of course, in the blogging world, we also have those to post a daily inspiration quote. Some really affect the way I think and go about my life.

    1. Oh,that’s wonderful Hugh, you’ve actually found some of these rocks. I’d love to come across one myself as I’m always looking for inspirational signs from the universe. And yes, you are so right, there is plenty of inspiration in the blogging world too. 🙂 xx

      1. Next time I come across one, I’ll take a photo of it, Debby. 🌞 I think it helps by living so near to the beach.
        However, I always go by the quote that when you look for something, you never find it. I wonder how true that quote is? 🤔
        xx

        1. That would be awesome Hugh. And so true, when we look we don’t find. But perhaps you will find. Maybe next winter I’ll find one or two myself on our beach winter vacation! 🙂 xx

  23. Hi Debby! I love this idea! I’m going to start doing it. What a beautiful and inspiring concept. Thank you❣️

    1. Oh, how awesome Vashti! With your beautiful inspirational quotes, you’re sure to make a few people’s day when they find them. 🙂 <3

  24. I have seen this project before (I apologize…I forget whose blog it was). Anyway, I love the idea so much. And I swore I was going to do it then…life. So awesome of you to share this with everyone.
    As for me…thank you for the reminder. ❤❤❤

    1. Thanks Sarah. I thought it was a wonderful way to promote inspiration. <3 <3

  25. I love this heartwarming story, Debby. What an easy way of spreading kindness and making someone’s day.

    1. Thanks Norah. Definitely a fun thing to do to spread some cheer around. 🙂

      1. Indeed! Fun, inexpensive, requiring little effort, but spreading kindness and love.

        1. It’s a win/win. 🙂

  26. Love the idea of the stones. I share smiles – all day, every day. Nothing makes me feel better than to see frown turn into a smile on someone’s face.

    1. Now why am I not surprised? Your smiles radiate through your words. 🙂 xx

      1. Awwww, now that made me smile. Hugs. 😊

        1. My job is done then. 🙂 <3

  27. I haven’t signed up because I can’t commit to a special blog every month. I hope Kindness guides everything I write. I’ve received a few beautiful stones with special words as gifts and cherish them. I’m also glad you and so many others are doing #WATWB. Thank you for making the world a better place.

    1. Thank you Elaine. We all contribute in many different ways. Rocks are just one more method to spread kindness.

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