Rocks have always had a special place in my heart and I have always been fascinated by the various textures and shapes. Granted (no pun intended – granite – granted get it?) anyway…the ones I am mostly referring to are the ones painted by nature. Sometimes the beautiful color or the luster of the minerals made me happy so I kept it. I would often pick up a rock as a token or souvenir to remember a special location or vacation. Kind of like finding a shell on the beach and taking it home. One very special rock is the one I found on a day I was terribly missing my mom not long after she passed away. My heart was heavy and I really wanted to talk to her, to touch her and to be in her presence. As I walked along in my grief, I noticed a heart-shaped rock lying on the ground beneath my feet. Picking it up and gazing at the heart shape I noticed tiny sparkles of mica that caught the sunlight. This simple rock gave me comfort, joy, and a connection to who I was missing at that moment. I still have that rock.
Have you heard of the Kindness Rocks Project? I had not heard of this until I found two rocks in a period of two weeks in two different states!
On the back of each rock is a hashtag sign and the name of a city with the word “rocks” printed. For example, printed on back of one of these rocks was #WNC rocks. After finding the second rock, I decided to look on the internet for anything that could explain what this meant. I was surprised to learn this fad (for lack of a better way to say it) can be found all over the United States. It is called the Kindness Rocks Project.
“The Kindness Rock Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way. Created by life coach Megan Murphy in hopes of sparking joy in people’s everyday lives.”
I found the Cat in the Hat rock on a bench outside a grocery store when we were at the beach in Florida during Thanksgiving. After my internet research I learned you are supposed to take a photo and post it on Facebook. So I did! The painter of the rock and I exchanged pleasantries and she was so pleased I had found it. I have since hidden it here in my hometown. The pretty snowflake rock was found by M. in Sylva, North Carolina when we stopped there for lunch on our way to Asheville one weekend before Christmas. Not only did the rock come with a cute penguin, but an additional surprise was taped behind the rock ~ a tiny pair of gold hooped earrings! We decided to leave it hidden where we found it for some other lucky finder.
If you find a special rock painted by nature or painted by humans, I hope it brings you a feeling of joy, surprise, or a connection….even if that connection is to an unknown stranger who is trying to bring a smile and brighten someone else’s day.