your stories

Steven Cota writes …

Sunday's I usually go down to Green Valley after walking Brandi Fenton Park with my dog, to visit my dad while my mom goes to church. My dad passed last Sunday the 10th. So today after walking the park I was about to drive off to go home and not Green Valley, and BAM! there it was! a Ben's Bell! I looked up and smiled!

Posted on July 17, 2016

Yasmin writes …

During a recent trip to Washington DC I visited the FDR memorial early one morning. I sat down to take in the beautiful view and looked up and there was a Ben's Bell hanging in a tree.

I am going to hang it in my garden in Orlando, Florida. What a wonderful message and an unexpected souvenir from a great family trip.

Thank you!

Yasmin

Posted on July 17, 2016

Kathie writes …

What a joyful surprise to find my bell hanging from a sign post near the Northwest Fire Station on North Camino de Oeste. My husband and I, along with our three dogs, were taking our morning walk and had just about reached our turn around point when we spotted the bright flower. It was 4th of July weekend and our little bell rang as we walked-a perfect beginning to a happy holiday.
Thanks for all you do

Posted on July 13, 2016

Hannah writes …

While out catching Pokémon this afternoon (and getting in some much needed steps), I was hopping from shady patch to shady patch of the trees going south on 1st street toward Monroe in Downtown Phoenix. I heard a distinct tinkling and found the most beautiful windchime with a bright orange flower at the top and colorful ceramic "beach ball" in the middle! I wanted to take it but didn't think I should; then I saw the tag attached!

After following the news these past couple weeks and both being the type to get in our own heads a little too much, my fiance and I have felt equal parts helpless and disappointed with state of the world. I never thought an object or gesture so small could reinvigorate us with so much joy and optimism.

Thank you for our beautiful new bell. It's way cooler than any Pokémon. :)

Best,
Hannah

Posted on July 13, 2016

Alejandra writes …

Today my family decided to go to Blue springs, Florida. After exploring and swimming we decided to take a snack break under a nice tree. After about five minutes a small group of kids walked around to the side where I was sitting and started playing with one of your bells. It sounded like they were reading off a paper and talking about how you have to take it home and spread kindness but they didn't stay much longer and left leaving the bell. I started to get a little curious and went to look at the bell too. That's when I saw the message on the tag. Bringing the bell home I looked up the link and here I am. Ben's Bells is a cute and creative way to spread kindness and now my new bell will always remind me to do just that!

Posted on July 12, 2016

Catherine writes …

I work at the Orlando Science Center, and summer camp around here is chaos! Many of the employees are a little bit on edge at work. I was sent outside to collect nature items that would be used in an activity, and when I reached up to a tree to get a leaf, I found a Ben's Bell! It made my day and I showed it around to the other employees. Everyone loved it.

Posted on July 4, 2016

Vicki writes …

Today my husband and I decided to take a road trip and visit some old mining towns in Arizona. We stopped in Bouse, AZ to look at some old military relics along the side of the road. This town is remote! We noticed a sign next to an old box that said to sign in. We opened it and saw the Ben's Bells next to the sign in log. I had heard of them before but my husband hadn't. I was excited to find them. I plan to spread kindness by placing them somewhere for someone else. Great way to spread kindness and make someone's day!

Posted on July 2, 2016

Courtney writes …

I was walking around Downtown Orlando because my friend and I wanted to pay our respects to the victims of the Pulse shooting. We decided to park a few blocks away from the memorial that was set up because we wanted to take our time and enjoy our beautiful city that we call home. On our way back to the car I unintentionally left my friend, who stopped to take some pictures, so when I noticed she wasn't with me I stopped and waited for her to catch up when I noticed something hanging in a tree nearby. I walked over to it and I was unable to read the note as it hung so I took it off the branch and read that it was a Ben's Bell. I felt honor that I found such a thing! So I placed it back where I found it and left to get my friend. She was interested and went over to the tree and took it. She gave it to me and said I need to learn to read because it says to take it not leave it. We both laughed and at that moment we knew everything was going to be okay.

Posted on June 30, 2016

Debbie Earnhardt writes …

Been in a slump lately. Walking my dog yesterday morning in Durham, North Carolina, and noticed a little ring echoing in the breeze. Looked up and saw this beautiful little thing. I noticed a tag on it so I went to read it - thought someone in the neighborhood might be selling them. How tickled when I read the note. And realized that someone intentionally placed it there to make someone's day. Someone who had their eyes wide open, looking for the beauty around them. I found it. And will continue to spread happiness to others, known and unknown, remembering how good it feels. Thanks resident of Chancellors Ridge. I am thankful for you taking the time to participate in this beautiful movement.

Posted on June 22, 2016

Paul writes …

A week ago, friends and family gathered here to inter the cremated remains of my companion and spouse of more than 50 years. And in her honor and memory we planted a tree that will provide food for birds. A friend from Tucson came to be present and to participate. She brought a Ben's Bell. Many years ago my spouse had carefully printed on a 3x5 card attached to the refrigerator that simple message: BE KIND she wrote. It became the key to our lives together. I am delighted that the idea, even if from a different source, is spreading. More information about her and many of her essays and poems are posted at www.SmashingIkons.com.

Posted on June 18, 2016

Lisa writes …

I love to take my dog into the foothills of Boise, Idaho for long walks. While doing so yesterday, I heard a soft bell tingling in the sagebrush. Paying closer attention I discovered a Ben's Bell tucked up out of sight on a sagebrush branch. I knew immediately what it was and could barely contain my excitement. After all that has occurred in Orlando this past week it was a beautiful reminder there ARE kind people in the world we live in. I now have this wonderful token to view every day! Can't wait to pay it forward with an intentional act of kindness.

Posted on June 15, 2016

Jennifer Pearson writes …

I routinely take a four mile walk along the St.Johns river in Jacksonville,Fl.The other day as I was heading back to my vehicle,a stream of colors caught my eye.I look over along a wall near a drinking fountain and there was my Ben's Bell.At first I thought maybe someone dropped it and another had found it and placed it there in hopes of owner finding it.I get closer and noticed the tag,at first it was Spanish,flipped it over and was able to read what it was all about.One word for me,amazed! I've been going through a lot of trying times.Me being the one to discover this bell really makes sense.Gave me such an inspiring feeling along with giving me hope that things will improve.Want to say thank you to whomever left it,and to the creators,great work your doing.Keep it up!

Posted on June 13, 2016

Rose and Rose writes …

Tonight while we were working at Citifield the home of the New York Mets, we saw something hanging on the gate at the entranceway to the ballpark. We though someone had lost it and just waited for someone to return to claim it. As the night passed we saw that there was a tag on it. It was a Ben's Bell. Never hearing about it, we continued to read what the message said. It was so inspiring, and I knew it related to my kind friend too. Rose is a person that while walking throughout Citifield everyone says hello to her. Staff that works in all aspects of Citifield, not just the area that we work in. She has touched so many lives and goes out of her way for friends and strangers too. This bell symbolizes my thoughts too. We do have the chance to change the world through even one act of kindness. We plan to make a trip to Connecticut one day and visit and maybe even make a bell for someone else.

Posted on May 28, 2016

Kimberly Smith-Rosenbaum writes …

On Friday, May 13, 2016, I was the first staff member to arrive at my job. I work in an elementary school in Stratford, CT. I spotted a Ben's Bell hanging from a shrub near the entrance to the building. I was so excited because I have taken part in a Ben's Bells workshop in the past, I work in a community in which many of the schools are "Be Kind" campuses and my building is directly next door to the newly constructed Victoria Soto school. I brought it in and hung it in the main office of the school where it can serve as a reminder to be kind to all who see it...
My own life has been chaotic and very, very painful in recent years and being kind is how I try to live my life daily. It is not always easy. Calmly and kindly. Thank you so much for putting the message out into the world. If everyone just lived in a more kind and gentle way this world would be a much, much better place.

Posted on May 17, 2016

Teddie Roberts writes …

Today I found out I will have to have neck surgery for a third time seems my body doesn't like to work. I took my two large dogs for a long walk in Saguaro desert close to the museum. When I came upon one of the bells made with so much love made me smile. It is now hanging on my back fence and the girls run and ring it when they want to walk for them it's every ten minutes. I needed a smile and I found it in the strangest place. On a cactus in the middle of no where. So thank you.

Posted on May 10, 2016

Peggy writes …

Both my elderly parents have cancer and caring for them is not always easy. There are days when I feel energetic and able to easily summon compassion, and days when I'm exhausted and unable to find very much kindness in my heart. Sunday was one of those hard days and so I headed for Wilder Ranch State Park just north of Santa Cruz and set off on a hike with my husband.
A few minutes into the walk, I saw a bright color out of the corner of my eye and spotted this beautiful wind chime hanging from a old, grey fence post. I frowned, stepped around a patch of poison oak, and found a note attached to the chime.
"Ben's Bells Project," it read. "This Bell symbolizes our connection as a community and the power we each have to change the world by committing to an act of kindness... ."
I had never heard of Ben's Bells but the emotion was almost overwhelming. Someone I had never met had purposefully set out a gift with a message that was exactly what I needed at this moment in time. It felt weird and magical and almost instantly changed my day from one of exhaustion and anger to one of smiles and the feeling there was good in the world.
Thank you to Ben's Bells Project for helping me truly see the power of random acts of kindness. And thank you to whomever left that gift.

Posted on May 9, 2016

Liz Lantz writes …

Just wanted to let you know that I found one of Ben's bells in a park in downtown Boise idaho. It was a perfect ending to a stressful day. Incredible message in a small package. Thank you!

Liz Lantz

Posted on May 6, 2016

Rosanna writes …

On Sunday afternoon April 24, 2016 we were driving back home to Arizona from El Paso, TX. I was driving my car & my husband was driving his truck back home. The truck was in El Paso getting the transmission fixed. We passed Deming, NM and my husband calls me on the phone. He tells me lets stop at the rest area. We have never stopped at that rest area we have always waited till we got to lordsburg NM. As we were walking we heard a bell on a tree. We just glanced at it & continued to the restroom. My husband tells me I'm gonna take that bell. I was like "No, what if it's here for decorations". We saw the note.. You have found bens bell. Take it home, hang it and remember to spread kindness throughout the world. I said aww how thoughtful. Very beautiful thank you. Reminded me of the time when my Sisters & I went through the drive thru at McDonalds during thanksgiving time. We paid for the couples meal that was behind us. Left a note & said happy thanksgiving from the Suarez Girls. Bens Bell is in our home in Arizona.

Posted on April 26, 2016

Broadhead Family writes …

Today someone left a bell in the tree in our front yard. We have 4 living children and have lost 5. The most recent loss was exactly 2 weeks ago, and has been very difficult.
I don't know how one of your bells made it to Lethbridge Alberta Canada but it was very much needed to lift our hearts a little while we walk through the pain.
Grateful that your moments of suffering inspired something so wonderful that it now lifts others in theirs.

Posted on April 18, 2016

Alice & Jeff (Meridian, ID) writes …

Our life is upside down right now & we were wondering if we would ever catch a break. Last night we pulled into the parking lot of our hotel & went up to the room to pick-up a few things. We weren't gone 10 min. & when we came back down - there in the tree we parked next to was one of Ben's Bell's. We read the attached message & thought the meaning behind it was pretty powerful. It gives us hope that everything will be ok & we will gladly pass along the kindness & hope that is being shared with us.

Posted on April 15, 2016

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