It's not so much about the shoes, but rather the words BE KINDER.
My hope is that with each pair of shoes I create for someone, with all their favorite things on them, that the BE KINDER will also become important to them. As such, anyone admiring them will listen to the person talk about their favorite things and inevitably engage in a BE KINDER conversation.
If, by seeing my painted words, BE KINDER causes one person to actually be kinder, than I have made a difference. That is my mission; to make a difference with one BE KINDER at a time. Whether on a shoe, shirt, hat, chair or wristband, to see the words BE KINDER is to be made aware... and that is a good thing!
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~ Sandra ~
~ My Thoughts ~
I can’t remember the exact moment or the incident
that sparked my BE KINDER campaign. I remember being with my sister Janet. I
had been writing BE KINDER on my wrist with a permanent marker for a couple of
months. When she and I were together on a trip to see my son Tayo and granddaughter Ava, the idea just sort of snowballed. I
guess I just began to look at things and people in a different way...the way of
being kinder. Then for Christmas, my son Christopher took me, with my eyes
closed, to a tattoo parlor where he had already paid for my BE KINDER tattoo. I
love it! My parents, have always taught us to be kind to each other, animals,
nature, and to be appreciative of what we have. I guess you could say I became a
little obsessed with getting people to be kinder.
There is not a situation in the world that
couldn't be made better by being kinder. We see starving and neglected children.
We need to be kinder and feed and care for them. We see animals being abused and
destroyed in our oceans and forests. We need to be kinder and protect them. We
see friends and strangers treating people horribly both physically and verbally.
We need to be kinder and step in to diffuse the situations and get both sides
help. We see manufacturers, companies and individual people destroying our
natural resources and nature. We need to all work together to find ways to be
kinder to our earth. We see homeless people on the street and walk right past
them. We need to be kinder and acknowledge that they exist. We need to be kinder
and figure out a system where every American can have a safe place to sleep at
night. We see young people completely out of control, whether because they have
no parental supervision or whether they have simply gotten involved with the
wrong people. We need to be kinder and mentor those children and guide them by
example and education. Needless to say, the list goes on and on. There are the
basic everyday ways we can be kinder. I promise all of you, if you really look
around you, at any given time of the day, you will find some way in which being
kinder will make your space better.
I ordered wristbands and have been passing them out for a couple of years.
Funny how such a little thing can spark such thought-full conversation. I've
made shoes and T shirts and even painted on rocks. It's fun to think of all the
shoes I've painted and the people wearing them and all those seeing them.
Sometimes my mind goes crazy with ideas. In this case, I can almost see a
movement of sorts...bumper stickers, T shirts, hats, ads on buses and planes,
My hope is that you will join me. My mission is to make the world a kinder place, one BE KINDER at a
Well, that's about it, for now.