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Stories of kindness. | Artistro

Everyone can change their life for the better, but first of all you need to change your Outlook on life and work on yourself every day. But what if you can't force yourself anymore? What to do when you are completely disillusioned with the world? That's why Kindness Rock project exist.

Kindness Rocks is an initiative which started in the US, but soon found its way to the UK. The idea is that people write and draw on pebbles and leave them in places where people will find them. Strangers find the rocks, smile and then either take them home, or they hide them again.

So that you don't doubt that this project really works, I have collected for you the stories of people that this project has helped.


“I don’t have much time left to live, if you want to call my existence living. Months spent on two waiting lists. Two false alarms. One liver wasn’t viable and I don’t remember the reason for the second rejection. I do remember filling the floor of my side of the car with wadded up tissues during the five hour ride back home. 


Frequent visits to the clinic are mandatory to determine rank on the waiting list based on many factors like lab results from blood work. Every trip sucks life from my unsteady body.


I am ready to stop it all. The endless needle pokes and blood transfusions. The unpacking and repacking of my Go-Bag because my body changes from size 8 to 14 at whim. I count ceiling tiles in hospital rooms from another hard, plastic covered mattress, while I shiver dressed in a thin backless gown. It’s a constant struggle to be warm.


In the restroom at the clinic I stare in the mirror. Someone told me the other day that I look almost tan in an effort to help me feel better about my jaundiced skin, I suppose. I see wisps of hair combed over balding patches on my dry scalp through eyes now bloodshot and yellow. With tears trailing down my cheeks, I say out loud, “This must be how it ends for me, this is it” to the stranger who stares back.


I splash cold water on my face and when I open my eyes I see it. A rock. Right there on the sink. A rock where no rock should be. It’s painted blue with cut-out white letters attached to its surface.

Don’t ever give up.

Time comes to a standstill. Who left this here? No one else is in the restroom. There are no words written on the back. I see no other rocks. I stare at it in the palm of my hand.

Even though my brain is foggy, I grasp the magnitude of this magic. This divine providence. The message is not lost on me. The timing impeccable. Somewhere deep within my unreliable body, a dam explodes and every cell floods with warmth. A tingle of hope goosebumps my flesh.

I stash the newfound treasure in my jacket pocket and walk with a lighter step back to the waiting room.” - Rebecca Hall - a writer, artist, a Kindness Rocks Project Ambassador.

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Some stories are funny, some are really touching, and some are very strange, like this:

Brandy Phillips, an Arizona mom who belongs to the Kingman AZ Rocks group, says she joined her local rock group after finding a painted rock at a local park. Phillips says her town is a small, desert community that has become more connected as a result of their passion for rocks.

"People post pictures of themselves or their kids holding the rocks, and just the smiles on their faces and how excited they are about it are great to see," Phillips told TODAY Parents. "And showing my kids when people find their rocks makes them get excited, too."

Mary Shelby founded Nelson County Rocks, a Kentucky-based group, a few months ago, and says she, too, has seen a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm in her community. An added benefit, according to Shelby, is the way rock painting has brought kindness, generosity and family togetherness back to people in her town.

"It's gotten the kids off of their tablets and Playstations," said Shelby. "It's become bigger in our community than just painting a rock. It's an act of kindness for another individual and it's really become something everyone looks forward to."

It's a simple act of kindness that's making a big impact in communities across the country. From Vermont to Arizona, rock painting groups are brightening the days of strangers — one colorful rock at a time.





 

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