One thing I remember most vividly about that time was how much even the smallest acts of kindness, including help from people we had never even met, meant to me. These moments of connection helped me get through one of the hardest experiences of my life.
Over the last few years, I have tried to pay it forward by doing Random Acts of Kindness whenever I can, but sometimes I’m just too overwhelmed to come up with creative ways to do them.
I recently visited a friend in Tuscon, AZ and as we were packing up to take me to the airport to fly home, she gave me a Ben's Bells token.
I gave my token to someone I saw helping a mother travelling alone with a small child as we went through security at the airport. I was so inspired by his response and my own joy at the exchange that I started sketching out my own project on the flight home.
I loved the idea of a simple tool people could use to recognize another person's act of kindness and that can be used as a small act of kindness in itself. I wanted to root this project in the value I hold most dear, "Tikkun Olam", or repair of the world. It is my most core belief that we can all be ambassadors of goodness and repair as we walk through the world. My hope is that these tokens help people do that work.