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Spreading Kindness with Rocks

Spreading Kindness with Rocks

Published: June 12, 2018

If you’re especially attentive while going about your daily tasks, you may have noticed brightly colored, strategically placed rocks in the urban landscape – and wondered what they were about.

As it happens, there’s a worldwide phenomenon afoot that’s seeking to cultivate more kindness in the world through small, unexpected gestures. The library is joining in with this movement and furthering it in our Summer Learning programs.

At several of our classes, we’re gathering to paint cute images or inspirational messages on what are often smoothed river rocks – and then placing them in areas where they might bring cheer or a smile of recognition when they’re discovered.

We’re also kicking up this practice by taking a quantity of rocks we’ve painted and then working together to balance them in careful columns, or cairns. Traditionally, these configurations have been used to mark trails, indicate special places, and highlight other significant outdoor features. Those are decidedly important, but we’re also taking the opportunity to nurture cooperation and teamwork, as well as to develop focus in a single-minded effort.

At the end of each session, we invite each participant to take their rock home with them, to pass it on to someone they love, or to leave it somewhere for a stranger to happen upon as a small act of kindness. We all understand how incredibly easy it is to get caught up in our own (often First World) problems, so gaining perspective on what’s important and what’s not – or being intentional about bringing joy to another person – is a worthwhile exercise, both for a single class and for a lifetime afterwards.

Join us to carry on the kindness!

  • Wednesday, June 20 at 3 pm – Newton
  • Friday, June 22 at 1 pm – Claremont
  • Thursday, June 28 at 4:30 pm – Conover