This past Friday, my downtown office had our monthly "3rd Friday" gathering. It's a chance for us to invite friends and collegues to our office, laugh, shake off the week and have a little fun. We've also started a tradition of honoring wonderful organizations in Tucson - last Friday, we held our party in honor of Ben's Bells moving to their downtown studio.
I've written about this wonderful group in the past and, since that post, Ben's Bells has flourished. Their brand new downtown studio opened in January of this year and already have a number of great projects in the works. I learned about one last Friday from the group's founder, Jeannette Mare.
During the party, I noticed that she had a bracelet on. It had the recognizable style of a Ben's Bells clay piece so I asked her about it.
It's a new program that Ben's Bells is doing with the University of Arizona's Campus Health Services called "Be Kind, Step Up". Each handmade bracelet has a number on the back. The wearer is to look for kind acts around Tucson and, when seen, the wearer passes along the bracelet with an explanation of the program and a request to log onto the website bekindstep.org to report the gift of the bracelet.
Jeannette gifted me her bracelet which left me speechless. I truly admire Jeannette for her hard work in Tucson and just what Ben's Bells has become. She's a much needed positive force. For her to give me that bracelet was amazing for me. It also set me to work on looking for kind acts. Knowing Tucson as I do, I knew it wouldn't take me too long.
Yesterday, it was cold, rainy and icky here. As I was waiting for my lunch order downstairs at Ike's Coffee Shop, I noticed a disheveled man come inside. He was digging in his pockets for change. He ordered a small coffee. A lady in back of him offered to buy his coffee for him and proceeded to buy a large for him. With the weather outside, I could tell he was quite grateful for her offer. As she and her husband waited for their order, I presented the bracelet to her, explaining it to her. When I checked the website this morning under the bracelet number, she had already logged in and told her story.
Acts of Kindness don't need to be grand gestures. The simple act of buying someone a cup of coffee, offering an umbrella or even just holding open a door can put a smile on someone's face. You just never know what that might do for someone who's having a tough day.