I’ve always been intrigued by kindness projects. The selflessness of leaving a beautiful note for another soul to stumble upon and be engulfed in it’s deliciousness. I like to imagine the sweet embrace that person receives in their heart from a complete stranger, the love that pours into them from the ethereal heartstrings connected from the giver and receiver. But also, the gentle tug the giver must feel from leaving a piece of their self for the receiver.
I often wonder, what if you could make a difference to just one person? What if you could lift the looming gray cloud from above them and replace it with a ray of sunshine? Would it be worth it? Of course it would! If each person committed to practicing just one random act of kindness, what a loving, peaceful world we would live in.
When I first watched Kind Over Matter’s Card Drop Mashup video, I knew I had to participate. It took some deliberation to discover the perfect location. Instead of leaving them at various places I visited, I thought it would be fun to leave them in a place I visit when seeking inspiration - the bookstore.
I tried to match-up the cards with relevant sections of the bookstore. Like this one for the gardener which says, Your garden is lovely, thank you for making the world more beautiful.
Or this one for a person struggling with their appearance which says, You are beautiful.
This one says, Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind... - Christian D. Larson - which I thought would be the perfect candidate for the self-help section.
And this card, Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. -Lao Tzu - seemed to cry out for the greeting card section.
Let me tell you, as I snuck around the bookstore leaving these cards and snapping iPhone shots (apologies for the photo quality) whilst not being noticed, I felt such a rush of loving kindness consume my heart. I imagined the soul-searching individual grazing the self-help books stumbling upon the kindness note and finding exactly what they needed, and it wasn't in the books.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
What can you do today to share a little bit of love and a touch of kindness to others?
|Hi, I'm Amanda St.Clair. Unfolding Creatively began as my blog and creative outlet for exploring my lifelong artistic callings. I desired a location to meet other like-minded creatives to share my journey with. I opened my Etsy Shop in April to share fine art prints of my original mixed media artwork with others seeking inspiration and encouragement. My wish is to inspire others through positive affirmations, quotes, and art. Use code HANDMADE at checkout for a 15% discount on all matted prints. |