Pos­i­tiv­ity paid back in kind

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Greig John­ston

DARCH woman Naomi Lam­bert has turned her own heart­break into a move­ment spread­ing kind­ness and pos­i­tive en­ergy through­out the world.

In 2015 she had a hys­terec­tomy at age 33, de­stroy­ing her dream of hav­ing chil­dren.

“For a good cou­ple of years I was pretty an­gry about it and be­came quite reclu­sive,” Naomi said.

Slowly the light be­gan to creep back in and Naomi looked for a way to con­trib­ute pos­i­tively.

“I was out at the shops one day and I saw a teenager bowl over a lady and he didn’t stop,” she said.

The Cool to Be Kind Project was born.

Naomi de­signed a se­ries of ‘kind­ness cards’, hid­ing them in places around Perth, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to un­der­take a ran­dom act of kind­ness in the lead-up to Christ­mas 2017.

“On the back of them I had a list of ideas, things that peo­ple could do, rang­ing from say­ing hello to 10 peo­ple or leav­ing some­thing for the post­man in the let­ter­box,” she said.

“I started to hide them and when I flew to Ade­laide I put some on the plane and in pub­lic toi­lets. I got 32 re­sponses back, which was a pretty good strike rate.”

The sto­ries she re­ceived from peo­ple were as­ton­ish­ing. One man who found one of the cards de­cided to take the home­less man he al­ways greeted to lunch. A shop owner helped a cus­tomer plant a rose in mem­ory of his late wife.

Email the­coolto­bekind­pro­ject@out­look.com.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484837

Naomi Lam­bert re­flects on the suc­cess of her life-af­firm­ing project.

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