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“Being nice benefits all of humanity. Being kind benefits the rest of the Universe.”

Love and Peace Project, June 24, 2017

Actually, this Love and Peace Project started out as a pearl and bead stringing business, specializing mostly in repairs. But the nature of that business never seemed to be fulfilling enough.

Granted, repairing or designing with pearls and beads is rewarding in its own right. It can come with an abundance of passion, a place where to live out one’s creativity, for sure. But after a while, the repetitive nature of stringing beads may call for something more progressive.

Ingrid, its owner, was always searching for a different purpose for herself. Becoming a catalyst, maybe. Specifically wanting to improve how people treat each other, building on a better society overall. Taking tiny steps of course, but that’s how we all start out.

The Neverending Necklace was born out of that idea. To this day, it still is very popular as a representative for the Love & Peace Project. It is always welcomed warmly. But more needed to be done, so here we go.

Love inside a string of beads. Graffiti in Lantana, FL by unknown artist.

The issues are overwhelming…

“If we want to become kinder, we must accept people who are different. If we want to accept others, we must seek to understand them. If we want to understand anyone, we must listen to them.”

There is an urgent need to eliminate prejudice. Way too often, people are being discriminated because of their heritage, where they came from, their traditions and culture.

And still today, those with physical limitation or mental illness, feel that they’re treated differently. Just ask one of them.

Then you have the discussions about race, as if the color of your skin or the shape of your eyes would somehow determine your character and soul.

It doesn’t matter which religious group or political party someone belongs to. It also doesn’t matter which sexual preference or gender one has. Bias leads nowhere. It doesn’t work.

It is a huge concern for us, because these stubborn prejudices hinder the peace process. And they damage the very core of society. So we’re trying to erase some of these, even in small increments wherever possible.

We always get excited when we see a public display of love and peace, like this one on a building next to an iconic burger joint, Dick’s in Seattle. It is huge, much bigger than it appears from this vantage point. What’s encouraging: it shows that there are enough people with means, who do care…

So, how do you eat an elephant?

First, we would NEVER eat an elephant. But to answer that question: you slice it up in smaller chunks and then cut them into bite sized pieces.

In other words: the real secret lies in portioning.

We can’t do everything we’d like to do. And we don’t need to. There are bigger and better organizations that have the experience and the power to tackle their own special causes. They’re doing a lot of good and hopefully continue their invaluable work well into the future.

The Love & Peace Project is no match for these well-funded, extraordinary groups. We just can string beads. Like mad. And give them to people who we think deserve something nice.

Sounds like an odd combination, maybe. It seems not so strange anymore, once you’ve traveled our site and have discovered what makes it so special, and what beads have to do with love and peace. (Hint: it goes way beyond the Sixties, and it started much, much sooner)

We invite you to explore. Perhaps you even find some genuine treasures along the way…

– Ingrid Webster

WE’re ready, if you are:

The Vision

Mission Statement and Future Plans

Love & Peace Ambassadors

Meet the Founder

I always like to mention businesses who get it. This one is from the Restore Coffee Roasters in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their coffee is delicious, and their attitude is a match. Thanks!

Sheryel – Kind to People and Animals

Every Situation Needs a Hero

This very first entry for the inaugural “Heart & Dove Awards” is a fine example of seeing the need and helping spontaneously.

Sheryel Ashfort is known to be an animal lover and activist. She owns and rides horses, and she is an accomplished photographer who has published several books with stunningly beautiful images of Polo ponies.

Below is her post that caught my attention.

Michelle and Archie. Image (c) by Sheryel Ashfort

From Sheryel’s Facebook post:

[re-posted with permission]

“Hey guys meet Michelle and Archie, can’t tag her I am sure she’s not on Facebook I decided to go to LakeWorth Beach today and almost there I stopped for gas. There on the sidewalk at the Texaco station was Michelle and a panting hot Archie. She was trying to sooth him. Lucky for me I had some dry food in the car and offered it for him all she had was water. I went to the beach but couldn’t get them out of my mind.I went back and asked if I could get them food and she cried with joy.I went to publix and got her a chicken dinner and Archie plenty of dog food. However I really don’t feel better. She showed me the park where the homeless stay until 10:00 when they’re kicked out. Then they sleep where they can. Michelle’s dream is a bed and a shower, seems simple ? There were about 30 homeless in that park. It’s between Lake Ave and Lucerne at Federal if you want to help with food, clothes or shelter. Michelle says there’s no homeless shelters around. How can we throw food out by the tons , send Millions of dollars to other Countries and Michelle and Archie are homeless and starving. I know people will say drugs, Alcohol and I it may be true but they are Homeless!! If you work in or have a restaurant please send these people food and if you’re connected to a shelter please tell them to help.. For Michelle and Archie Please everyone near this South Fl area share this post.”

If you’re in this area/neighborhood – please keep a watch on those two, if you can and when you can.

For everybody else: it’s ok to bring food to a homeless person. They get hungry just the same as you and I, and it’s only a couple of dollars to get someone a warm meal.

Category: Outstanding Friends

Submitted by: Ingrid Webster, originally posted on 11/13/2016

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Spreading Love – Promoting Kindness

Initial Thoughts

by Ingrid Webster

Next to our planet Earth and its preservation of all nature, each and every human being should be at the forefront of our concern. It must be our greatest priority to live a life of humanity while caring for and about others.

Life can be enjoyed by all, if only we can make it just a bit more peaceful

An advanced, healthy society has the obligation to maintain a status of love and peace. And that’s just the practical side. Because continuing violence and ignorance will result in a decadent human race that’s headed nowhere.

Alas, our world seems to be spinning out of control. Every day, the news are filled with sensations that revolve around war, greed, crime, and the worship of superficial values.

This can’t be all that we humans have to show for, right?

We can do this!

And it isn’t. There is an abundance of kindness out there. Good people are found everywhere, in every corner of the world.

For some, it may just be difficult to display it openly and on the spot. Or they may be dealing with enough struggles in their own lives, that they don’t realize what they could do to become a kinder, more thoughtful person. Maybe they’re simply lacking the role model.

Kindness can open up and blossom with just a little nurturing…

That’s why it is important to remind and motivate people to do more. To be more.

I’d like for people to show each other how it’s done. Make it contagious! Jump into the rebellion towards a kinder world! It’s so easy…

Surely, I wish to help.

You see, what I can do from here (out of my little studio/office/workshop that doubles as a bead storage and guest room) is string beads. So the Neverending Necklace was born, 20 years ago, on July 21, 1998. Twenty years of fun and reflection, and it continues into the future.

And very recently I thought “what if I make necklaces and give them to people who are being kind?” Perhaps it would help motivate others, or perhaps it can bring attention to the need for more love and peace.