The Mustard Seed Project seemed quite simple in the beginning. A dried mustard “tree” from my garden prompted an exploration into how “faith the size of a mustard seed” can move mountains.
But my mind quickly became cluttered with recent news on the two current wars as well as the ongoing political conflict within our own government. How, in this great Age of Information, are we still reduced to primal conflict?
And what would a tiny mustard seed have to do with any of this?
I was losing my faith in humanity. Frustration and a sense of overwhelm began to shut down my creative efforts so I cleared my schedule for the rest of the day and headed out to a favorite nature park for a quick walk to clear my head: Hovey Pond in Queensbury, NY.
I walked and walked around that little pond until my creative mind opened up again. Then I suddenly noticed a tiny garden with colorful stones and a sign that read: The Kindness Rocks Project. Take one, share one, or leave one.
Upon closer inspection, I noticed all of the stones had short, positive messages beautifully painted on them.
It was heartwarming to think that people actually took the time to collect and paint these rocks in the hopes that someone who needs a positive message would find them and experience healing.
The first stone that immediately caught my eye was one that said, “Peace.” I was floored. This was exactly the answer to all the doubts and frustration I was feeling. I knew this little “kindness rock” had to somehow be incorporated into The Mustard Project, so I took it.
A second stone also caught my eye. This one said, “Joy.” I sensed I needed to take this one as well to share with a young neighbor who was having a difficult time in life.
I left the park with my two stones, promising to create two kindness rocks of my own to replenish the garden for future visitors.
The Mustard Project is now well underway.