The Giving Keys: Believe

A couple of years ago, I stumbled onto the website for a company called The Giving Keys, after seeing a photo of someone with a really cute key and a word on it. What I found on the site was a very beautiful philosophy – Love is the Key. The idea is, when you get the key with a specific inspirational word on it, you hold onto it for as long as you need it. When you come across someone who needs the message the key has, you’re supposed to give it to them. You’re encouraged to share why you gave it away with them so they can spread all of the many acts of paying it forward.The Giving Keys started as a really small operation and employs people looking to transition out of homelessness to engrave the keys. They’ve successfully been able employ many people and since I’ve been following them, they’ve partnered with  companies like The United Way and PATH. The staff has grown so much that they’ve been able to move to a building in Downtown LA. They’re no longer making just necklaces and items varying from cell phone cases to bracelets to sandals can be purchased. I’m happy I stumbled upon this company and have been able to watch them grow. The intention of their mission is so amazing and inspiring.

As soon as I found out about the keys, I purchased a necklace for my friend, and in turn, she sent one my way. This was our first act of paying it forward to each other. The word on mine? Believe. I don’t know what it is about me and that word. At some point, it really has become my favorite word in the English language. Maybe it’s because I’ve got a generally positive disposition. That’s not to say I don’t go through ups and downs, cause Lord knows, I do. If you read my blog a couple of weeks ago, you saw that. But somehow, someway, I always tend to believe in good. I believe in the best in people and I believe that somehow, that best in people is something that’s going to shine through and make this world a better place. Maybe I’m naive for thinking that, but it’s what gets me through, so I’ll just keep on believing. I have yet to give my key away, because the message is still strong with me. In fact, right now, I need it more than ever. 

But I look forward to the day that I can share that key with someone who needs it a little bit more than me. So for now, I’ll just leave you with a really great quote I found today. It speaks to me so loud and true. Some sentences way more than others. But I’m pretty sure it’s message is universal and I’m willing to bet a sentence or 2 will stand out for you in this very moment.

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