The Power of Kind Words
In the winter of 2010, my brothers and I gathered around the kitchen table for an arts and crafts night. Our project Drawing on strips of elastic with paint markers to make wristbands that would match our shoes. Naturally, our mom pitched in, helping us sew each little one together. Our dad, on the other hand, teased us and said this was the next million-dollar idea - decorative jock straps. When I told him that they were actually wristbands, he paused for a minute, then proclaimed, "You should call them ZOX Straps!" with a laugh. "It's kitschy and people will remember it." I rolled my eyes and said, "Sure, Dad, if we ever make a business out of this, we'll call it ZOX Straps.
That was over a decade ago. They say hindsight is 20/20, but if you had asked me then, I never would have guessed that this new type of bracelet we invented would go on to impact millions of people all around the world.
I didn't see that parents would use them to remind their kids that they're not alone before they drop them off for school.
I didn't know how it would save lives by reminding people considering self-harm that their story wasn't finished.
I didn't realize I'd use them as a way to say goodbye, for the last time, to my grandma.
But I do now.
ZOX has changed the world with kind words because, if we're honest, they're something we all need. Every single one of us could use some encouragement. Every single one of us could use a reminder that it's going to be okay, that we will make it through, and that we're good enough exactly as we are.
That's my hope for you here - whether this is your very first ZOX or your 500th - I hope these little hugs for your wrist bring out at least one extra smile a day when you notice them whispering those words of encouragement. That's what were here for.
We believe in changing the world with both kind words and actions. That's why every order placed on our site helps provide families in need with clean drinking water through our friends at Thirst Project.
Because of people like you, we've been able to donate nearly $1,000,000 to this amazing cause - and many others!
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