Back in November, as I was meandering the aisles at the Mind Body Spirit Expo in King of Prussia, PA, I came to a booth at which two women were beaming beatifically. In front of them was a table of simple wares. Stones engraved with a word- gratitude, strength, inspire, forgive, and kindness, were artfully displayed, beckoning me to check them out. If you take a moment to say those words aloud, how do you feel? I am washed over with a sense of ahhhh~
That was the intent of Wendy Marcelli and Lia Koyner whose daughters were the matchmakers who brought these two enthusiastic conscious entrepreneurs together to launch nothing short of a miracle movement. Birthed on November 1st, 2014, it comes from their desire to make a difference. That they do.
According to Marcelli, “ PassItOnword ® was created from a real life experience that changed me. While visiting a dentist’s office, I watched an older woman lovingly caring for her impaired sister who was in a wheelchair. I could tell the dental procedure she endured had taken a toll on both of them.” When she witnessed the interaction, Marcelli was prompted to give the woman an angel stone that she had carried with her. At that moment, lives were forever changed and a business idea was sparked.
They considered what could happen if they took polished stones and imbued them with the loving energy of the aforementioned verbiage and a placed code on the back of each one. When someone purchased the stone, they would then go to the website www.passitonword.com to register the talisman. The next step is to share what it was that attracted them to that particular one and what the word means to them. From that point on, they carry it with them until they feel moved to pass it on to someone else with the instruction to do the same thing. The next person returns to the website and continues the tale of the traveling stone. Thus far, 65 stones have been passed along by siblings, employers, spouses and friends. One stone has traveled from the United States to Saudi Arabia. Another is inspiration for someone who is training for a race. Yet another is in gratitude for a loving marriage.
We live in a world that sometimes seems distant and disconnected, with folks feeling like they are out there all by themselves. Marcelli shares: “What makes PassItOnword so unique is as soon as you purchase or are given a stone, you are immediately thinking about others.” That takes us out of our sense of loneliness. Even if you are not in the presence of someone, they are with you in your heart.
The pair refer to PassItOnword as a social network of goodwill. As such, they donate a portion of the proceeds that the stones generate to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which fights childhood cancer and charity: water which is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Imagine a world in which we all pass the inspiration, gratitude, forgiveness, kindness and strength onward and see it come full circle. Just say the word.