Inspirational Projects, People & Places
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
Bounce It Forward – or BIF for short – is based on the philosophy of the Pay It Forward idea.
BIF is a kindness initiative to encourage people to become consciously aware of the affect their words and actions have on one another – how they impact someone’s confidence, self worth, attitude and ability to play an active part in the world around them.
BIF encourages the behaviour we want – relaying a positive message to make a difference to bullying and suicide. The ‘feel good factor’ experienced by the donor and recipient will inspire them to do the same for others.
BIF was finally launched on Thursday 8th May 2014 in my home town. Every pupil (approximately 1250) from Bream Bay College, Ruakaka, Waipu and One Tree Point Primary schools received a small smiley faced ball so they could go BIF someone with an act of kindness – see article ‘It Takes Balls to spread Kindness’
My vision is to create a global society of compassionate people who consciously make an effort to walk the talk each and every day – spreading kindness, making a difference to people’s lives and putting a whopping great smile on their faces. It could be as simple as a smile, opening a door, listening – it’s all about supporting one another on the roller coaster of life so we’re more able to bounce back from the curveballs that knock us down! Rather than having a Random Acts of Kindness Day each year, I’d like New Zealand to lead the way – to become the most caring, compassionate country in the world; a country that acts with kindness EVERY day – an inspiration to the rest of the world.
Inspired by the Blue Marbles Project and their link to the ocean, I’m now sourcing blue glass marbles to take this project to a new level because I believe it would have a positive exponential effect on our health, education, social and justice systems; enhancing happiness and drastically reducing depression, suicide, stress, abuse, bullying and violent crimes. Keep up to date with the initiative and other acts of kindness on my ‘BIF’ facebook page