Georgia Magazine - March 2018 - 24
AMBER LANIER NAGLE
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BY AMBER LANIER NAGLE
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e happy. Love one another.
Hugs for you. Shake it off.
The messages are simple but uplifting and positive-sometimes discovered at precisely the right moment.
Earlier this year, a cancer
patient was walking into Northside
Hospital-Forsyth for another round
of chemotherapy when something
caught her eye. She bent over and
picked up a rock-but not just any
rock. This rock had been painted
with a message.
"I had painted a rainbow
on the rock with the words 'The
greater your storm, the brighter your
rainbow' and hid it near the entrance of the hospital,"
says Cumming resident Toni Sullivan, an art teacher in
Forsyth County who organized Rockin' Forsyth. "The
patient found it and posted a photo of the rock on our
Facebook page with a note thanking me for my kind
gesture. Finding it had made her day-a stranger-and
that made me feel so good."
Rockin' Forsyth is an offshoot of The Kindness
Rocks Project, thekindnessrocksproject.com, a nationwide movement in which colorful rocks bearing positive
Cole Schmoeckel holds a rock he found just
outside of an animal hospital near Cumming.
messages are hidden to spread kindness to those who find them.
In spring 2015, life coach Megan
Murphy of West Barnstable, Mass.,
wrote positive messages on some
rocks with a Sharpie marker and
left them on a Cape Cod beach for
others to find. A friend happened to
pick one up and, without knowing
the rock's origin, shared the joyous
experience of finding the message
with Murphy. Just like that, The
Kindness Rocks Project was born.
After learning about the project during a trip to
Pennsylvania last year, Sullivan brought the idea back to
Forsyth County, recruited some of her art-teacher friends
to help implement the plan and began painting rocks-
lots of rocks.
"We launched the project and the Facebook page in
July, and within two weeks Rockin' Forsyth was booming," Sullivan remembers. "Now we have over 5,000
members on our Facebook page. It has given our community something positive to focus on-something that
Painted rocks circu
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