I like all things design, so I’m an avid viewer of many home improvement shows. The one I’ve been particularly captivated by is only running in reruns now. It’s called “Fixer Upper”.
Chip and Joanna Gaines are a married couple with a bunch of beautiful babies who have grown up on screen. Not only do their designs speak to me on a high-octane level, but the genuine care and contemplation they put into the homes they create for their clients also speaks volumes about who they’ve chosen to be in this life.
Okay, I’m a bit of a junkie. I have their books, magazine and follow them on social platforms.
Nevertheless, this is where the inspiration comes in.
Back in August, they developed a social awareness project from their manifesto entitled, “We Believe in Human Kindness”. They provided downloads for anyone who wanted to use them to put up in their area of the world.
I was intrigued.
Feeling the truth in their statements and everything my work centres around, I knew I wanted to do something with this without just copying their work.
So I came up with a similar concept and a slightly different bend.
It’s called “The Kindness Experiment”. The impression you get from the tags is a little different in feeling.
The lead up to the holidays this time of year can be a beautiful one if we take the time to breathe deeply and be present with what we’re doing and who we’re with. The most important things — family, friends, sharing nourishment and gifting from the heart — emerge in the present time once we let go of expectations and judgments.
All the extra things we do will contribute to the atmosphere once we’ve put the presence of our hearts into it. Everything done with kindness and presence is a very natural way to live and we often forget.
The tags are centred more on remembering to feel inward during a time of rushing, meeting others’ or your own expectations, and fitting too much into a short time.
Reminders like, “I will feel gratitude for my breath”, “I will offer more honest heartfelt hugs”, “I will search out and feel grateful for every blessing”.
So it’s been two days of having the flyers up on mailboxes and posts outside, one of which poured rain all day. I didn’t want to attach myself to any particular outcome. The voice inside my head, (we all have this voice) spoke up saying things like, “The rain probably washed all the toner off, ruined the flyers and now no one can read them” or “No one’s gonna bother with it” or “It’s too cold, they just won’t care to stop and read it.”
As each of those thoughts came up, I let them go. I decided, the outcome is not my concern.
My concern was to act on my inspiration.
So when I drove by today, I only wanted to check the rain didn’t wash them out.
Instead, I saw several of the tags had been taken!
Happy dancing all over the place! I drove by several of them and I could hardly stay in my car.
Deep down humans are kind. I believe that with all my heart. We all want to give and receive kindness as a natural way of life.
Tomorrow, I will head out to put more of these up with a wider radius.
If you’re interested in spreading some kindness in your neighbourhood, you can download the flyer — no strings attached. Let’s just spread kindness.