The Appreciation Factor

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An Inspired Idea

As you may know, I love sharing articles that I think inspire appreciation of life, self and others.   I couldn’t pass up sharing one from this week’s MV Times, (the paper from my favorite island, Martha’s Vineyard), Artist Plants Positive Messages on Martha’s Vineyard Landscape”.  The artist here executed a unique project that lends itself to an abundance of positive outcomes.  Don’t be surprised if you see this shared on Facebook or executed in other locations!

Quick Overview
Martha’s Vineyard artist Julie Kidd came up with an idea to “inspire Island residents to focus on the positive aspects of their lives and feel good about themselves.”  Her idea:  post inspirational and encouraging signs/messages in unexpected places around the island.  “Every person that comes across them will have their own interpretation based on who they are.”  There are I believe, 10 messages (it wasn’t confirmed in the article), which will be located in downtown areas, libraries, theatres, random road side locations and even the in the regional high school’s cafeteria from April 23rd – May 7th.

Here’s an example:
Photo by Steve Myrick 










Here are Some of My Favorites:

    • I love looking at you  which will appear on at least one of the Island movie theatre screens  (Don’t you just love the irony here as well?)
    • You are a bright idea  is located in the high school cafeteria  (What a great compliment to pay a student.)
    • There is so much to love about you  as seen above (How many attributes could you come up with about yourself after reading this statement?) 

Not only do I love Ms. Kidd’s concept and her messages, I was also impressed with her perseverance.  Apparently she came up with the idea several years ago, and despite being previously turned down by several town officials and potential locations she tried again and went through all the red tape needed to see it through.  Ms Kidd said that she felt that this was something that she really needed to do and that she was “called to do it.”  This thought she believes, brought the energy and right people together this time to make her art project a reality.

Now I know that some may see her messages as too lovey-dovey or saccharine, but I love them for their simplicity and their ability to be interpreted in so many different ways.  I also love the idea for its originality and the unexpected locations.  I can’t think of another execution like this – Can you?  If so please share.  Think of the change this could bring about if someone was having a bad day, or if they needed some inspiration.  It’s almost like having a mobile inspiration door.

I’m heading to Martha’s Vineyard this weekend, if I come across any of these signs, I’ll be sure to post pictures!


If these messages aren’t inspiring to you, what words, messages or approach would be?  What do you think about Ms. Kidd’s approach?  Is this the best way to create a little more positivity out there – even if only affects one resident at a time?