This morning, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Sounds Good with Branden Harvey, and the featured guest was Blythe Hill. Blythe is the founder of Dressember – a movement of people using a dress to fight human trafficking and change the world. Branden asked her how she came up with the idea for Dressember, and she shared how she came up with it by accident. In that moment, something I've been thinking a lot about lately hit me:
In a recent interview I did with Colorado Springs' FOX21 News, I shared how Car Window Poetry is "disruptive" in a joyous way. What I mean is that it's not normal. Somebody leaving a note on your car window is contrary to the way you'd like to live your daily life. Typically, these notes are parking tickets or promotional flyers for things we don't want or events we don't want to attend. However, when you pick up this note and see that it's a poem, it catches you off guard. Your defense mechanisms are deactivated and a smile replaces your unconscious frown.
Last week, as Car Window Poetry began receiving national attention, I got a number of messages from people around the country who found this act of love refreshing, especially after such a negative election cycle. Constantly surrounded by cynicism, our communities are craving kindness. And the beauty of kindness is that it's something we can all give.
It doesn't take much to show kindness. It's smiling at a stranger. It's telling your friend, "Good luck," before a big test. It's texting your parents you love them. At Car Window Poetry, we want to prove that even the smallest act of love, sharing a poem of encouragement on someone's car window, can make a big difference in people's lives.
How can you step outside of your comfort zone this week and share kindness with someone in need?
If you'd like to share kindness through Car Window Poetry, you can...
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