When a person decides to commit to completing a Ben's Bells project, s/he is given a Kindness Contract. In part it reads: I _____ am signing because I believe in building a kinder Tucson for the betterment of all its people...I commit to being kinder to myself so that I may offer more kindness to my community. This includes taking care of my physical, psychological and spiritual health....
Wherever you live, readers, these commitments, I believe, can help you create happiness in your daily life and at this time of the Season, I encourage you to consider applying the Ben's Bells Contract to your life. We put our green "Be Kind" sticker on our car and I plan to return another time to make a bell in honor of my mom and grandparents. Here are photos Mark took from our visit. Enjoy.
Entryway to Ben's Bells:
When you enter, you are greeted by a friendly volunteer, such as the UA student here:
Inside there is a kiln for the firing clay and a studio for making the bells where we saw children gathered with their parents. Because the weather was so fine there were also two tables set up outside for bell-making. With their permission, Mark took this photo of friends making a bell in honor of one of them who had recently lost her mother-in-law.
There is a permanent bench in the patio, outside of the garden building location to remind passersby to be kind.
And here's a table--just for you--should you care to join Ben's Bells.