Words hold power whether those words are spoken or painted on a rock.
One Tri-State woman is taking it upon herself to spread a message of kindness.
"It can be quite a big movement."
It's inside her art studio where Tina Maloney lets her creativity shine.
"In the pandemic, it has been my go-to therapy," says Tina Maloney, artist. "It has been a lifesaver actually."
The long-time artist is one behind the Owensboro Kindness Rocks.
"You know the world needs a little more positivity right now," says Maloney.
The stones she collects are of all shapes and sizes, each painted with a message of hope, encouragement, or inspiration.
The idea is for them to be scattered around the community at places such as parks, for others to find.
"Pick them up, make their day, take it home with them," says Maloney. "They can re-hide them somewhere if they want to. Just kind of keep it going around."
It takes Maloney around 20 minutes to paint each rock.
In the last few months, she's made dozens.
"I try to think what can be encouraging and kind and pass it along," says Maloney.
It's a small act with a big impact.
"I think especially during this pandemic, everybody feels alone," says Maloney. "Maybe it could make them feel less alone. We're all in this together. Just a little act of kindness can maybe make their day and they spread it along to somebody else. Hopefully we can all be a little kinder."