My happy #WATWB story for July comes from our small newspaper, Viera Voice Hide and Seekers Ensure Brevard Rocks explaining the grassroots rock painting craze in our eastern Florida county. How does it work? Hand-painted rocks are placed throughout the county in public venues, including parks, shopping areas or libraries. If you find a rock, you can place it somewhere else or replace it with your own painted rock. If the rock is meaningful to you, keep it for a while. You can place your rocks wherever you want.
Rocks can be found outside or purchased, then painted with acrylic paint with a design of your choice. You can inscribe inspirational messages on them or create something silly, whatever you choose!
What’s the Point?
The idea is to spread kindness and good cheer among the community but it has produced other benefits, too. This project brings families together as they engage in a fun activity that begins indoors and spreads outside when the artistry is hidden for another to find. Kids are pulled away from electronics to engage in a creative pursuit drawing on their imagination. The hellish Florida humidity and daily thunderstorms have not stopped rockers from hiding their creations, but the rains have smeared some budding Picasso’s. A good coat of sealant works well to protect them.
When discoveries are made, finders can post photo’s to the associated Facebook Page Brevard Rocks FL boasting over 40,000 members. The intention of this group is simple: SPREAD JOY.
Why I Love it
I’ve painted about 20 rocks this summer because it’s a way to spread cheer anonymously. I love reading posts of how someone was having a hard day and then – they find a rock that makes them smile or their mood is boosted. It connects me to others while inspiring creativity in all ages. It energizes people to explore the beautiful area we live in (READ THAT: GET OUTSIDE IN FLORIDA HEAT).
More than a fun activity, lives are intersecting. Scrolling the FB Page, I read Taylor’s story of finding a rock near a hospital vending machine while visiting her dying friend, Charlie. Her post elicited readers – strangers – to pray for a dying man they’d not met.
What’s #WATWB mean, anyway?
Social media and news in recent times is often negative and hate filled. In an effort to counter hate and negativity, “We Are The World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news in order to showcase LOVE, resilience and the power of the human spirit.
Many people are an oasis of love and light out there, so once monthly, participating bloggers post stories that increase our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.
If you’re a blogger, you can click Here to enter their link and your own #WATWB posts and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy!
Who’d have thought a simple rock would bring people together?