While washing machines have decreased the need for clothespins, the people at Peg It Forward have given the small peg a new purpose to inspire positivity around the world.
The rules are simple: decorate a clothespin with a positive message on one side and PegItForward.com on the other, secretly pin a stranger, and then wait for positivity to spread.
Peg It Forward focuses on bringing secret, random acts of kindness to unsuspecting strangers. The team has enlisted many “peg ninjas” to help them with their mission, which is “creating positivity by secretly distributing messages of good will throughout the world via something as simple as a peg.”
“[I] think it’s such a neat idea, and so refreshing to know that there are still wonderful people out there who care enough to build each other up in a world that is constantly tearing others apart,” said Rachel Dickinson in an Instagram post of a peg.
Since its start in 2012, the movement has expanded greatly, with hundreds of photos of the people these compassionate acts have touched. On one account, a peg ninja looked for expired parking meters to renew and pin.
Participants are encouraged to be as creative as they wish, resulting in simple and elaborate pegs. The most important factor that all pegs have is a message of kindness. Clothespins are decorated with thoughts including “you are loved” and “you are beautiful.”
“The reason why we put the website there is not only to spread the idea and ideals of the Peg It Forward movement, but also so that when a person finds their peg, they feel like they’ve discovered a tiny part of a treasure,” said the creators on the page’s Tumblr.
The creators encourage everyone become a peg ninja, and remind us to spread positivity one peg at a time.