- The Kindness Rebel™
Dreaming of Love and Peace
"It all started with
the inception of the Neverending Necklace on July 21st 1998, when the necklace itself was simply
named "Love & Peace Project" back then.
This project was born when I read about a
Veteran's charity in a local newspaper: - the Palm Beach Post.
It was by means of that
passionate reporting, when I learned about Chris Noel's "Vetsville
Cease Fire House", and how it helped homeless and/or disabled Veterans
get shelter, emotional support and resources to reclaim their lives.
Having served dozens of
Jewelers in Palm Beach County designing and repairing pearl jewelry, I
had been working with beads then already for about a decade. So it was a
natural jump for me to create a visually intriguing awareness project
by using beads.
In its infancy, the
string of love and peace was a vehicle to raise money for Veterans.
But then it quickly became a hobby, something to do on weekends, since
it really did not generate enough money for charity. Still, the
Neverending Necklace slowly grew and took shape, and it changed to an
awareness project for love, peace, unity, acceptance and kindness. At the same
time it became clear that it would be a lasting commitment.
Over the years, this
had become a long and ardent journey, including of course, many ups
Because of physical
limitations (having lost a good portion of my eyesight due to a series of
mini strokes), I could no longer drive and show the necklace at
events. The still fledgling internet seemed to hold a solution: expose
the sections of the necklace to the world, and offer sponsorships to
businesses in order to generate money for the charities.
But by then, the
economy had turned sour. The Webster household lost its income, businesses
couldn't afford sponsoring or much advertising, and the priorities of life shifted just to
make it through the infamous recession of 2009. (Which, by the way,
really started in 2006. Ask anyone in the construction industry.)
Neverending Necklace survived.
And between all the
"keep your chin up" and "it could be worse" that almost everybody had
experienced, people still dedicated beads. In addition, they so
generously donated beads for use on the necklace.
Gestures of love they
were. And without anybody realizing, these actions kept my faith and
Enter a renewed
commitment to the string that carries the love of so many.
The "idle time"
- courtesy of a lousy economy, afforded me to create more panels. I
popped out sections like crazy, since at least it kept me occupied.
This process put me in a state of "Zen", where I could string the
countless beads, ponder about what really matters in life, and make
plans for the future of the necklace.
This included the
idea of finding an exhibit space, where the beads can be visited
throughout the year. It will become a reality with the opening of a
Love, Peace and Beads Museum
in the future. So naturally, a lot of info about pearls and beads will
be found there too, because I would like to share my vast knowledge
and pass it on to the next generation.
My focus has moved away
from working with bead design and repairs alone. Spreading kindness,
love and hope has become my life's true purpose.
Signature Activities were developed
out of this desire.
To create an incentive
to pay attention how we treat each other, the
Kindness Reward Program was put into
place. Anybody can collect points and get fantastic freebies while
making the world a tiny bit nicer to live in.
With that in mind, I'm
hoping to entice people to participate often and all year, filling the
museum with personalized items and unique memories. More than
anything, I wanted to create a fresh concept where people would
actually look forward to come to my site and become a part of the Love
& Peace Project.
Hopefully, we get to
know each other better over time, and hopefully the footprints we
leave will pave the way to a kinder society. Let's start here and now!
Born and raised in
Würzburg, Germany, I found (and now live with) my husband in South
Florida. But that's a story for another time..."
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