#19 Decorate the sidewalks.

A few months ago, I noticed that someone was writing daily inspirational quotes in chalk on the sidewalks around my apartment. I began looking forward to finding them in unexpected places each morning as I hustled to work. And then all of a sudden they stopped.

When I was recently spending money like a drunken sailor at Indigo, I noticed they had chalk on sale and absentmindedly bought some. I figured I would either work up the guts one day to become a “sidewalk chalk artist” myself or plan an epic game of hopscotch with my friends.

Because I’m working from home today, this served as the perfect opportunity to go with Plan A:



I felt like a complete cheesy loser doing this. But then I was like, so what? Fuck it. I’m doing it anyways.

And so I did.

When I was walking my dog later that same afternoon, I saw a group of teenagers hovering around my masterpiece. I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but it was pretty cool to see people stopping and noticing. And with that, I felt a little less like a cheesy loser.

Note to self: Work on penmanship. Immediately.

Total Kindness Cost: $1.50

What’s the coolest inspirational piece of art you’ve seen in a public place?



  1. At the university my daughter is attending, the main walkways are brick. Students in the Arts Department create bricks with images and sometime messages on them. They sneak out in the darkness of night, pull up a plain one and insert their creative one! They tend to place them pretty subtly in unexpected areas, which makes it even more exciting to find one in my opinion. (They are most likely doing this so as not to be caught by campus security, haha!)

    My Dad was a mason and preferred to work with brick (not stone). He had passed away the year before my daughter graduated high school. When I saw all the brick on the campus, and then a couple of the “message bricks” = I knew that uni was where she was meant to go to school. Dad would be watching over her! ~ Holly

    • Hi Holly,

      It really does sound like she made it to the right school. 🙂

      I can imagine with them being arts students, they’re quite lovely. I’m unfortunately not that creative, but would love to see a picture of these if she ever takes any.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story.

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