Is this the first blog entry or email to reach your inbox today that hasn’t been titled, “Coronavirus” something or other? It would be mine.
Many of us live in communities that have temporarily closed schools and restaurants and have requested the general population to work at home…so now we are at home, hopefully isolating ourselves from germs but also inadvertently isolating ourselves from each other a bit in the process. With all this seclusion you would think we would be able to mostly shield ourselves from a majority of things related to this gosh awful disease.
How’s that working out for ya? Thought so. Me too.
It’s almost worse than it was before. It’s in the news, emails, notices from school and work, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and pretty much anything else that facilitates contact with the outside world. Please understand, I do think this is a serious situation and should not be taken lightly, but parking our mind and eyes in this mindset is likely not going to do us or anyone else any good. In other words, simply consuming information and and then resharing may be nothing but a horrible game of telephone if we are not careful.
It seems to me that much of the world has already cornered the scary end of this global pandemic. So how about you and I leave that well enough alone and start a wave of hope, kindness, and love that spreads even faster than this disease that I refuse to recognize by naming it again?
“But I’m stuck at home,” you say, “How can I possibly contribute to hope, kindness, and love from these walls that sometimes feel like they are closing in on me?” Here are a few suggestions and I’d love it if you would comment with your own below (keeping in mind the goal of spreading hope and kindness please):
- Offer to pick up groceries for a housebound neighbor
- FaceTime a friend or family member that is struggling so they can be lifted by the sight of you and the sound of your voice
- Make the people in your home a priority
- Send encouraging text messages to those who are sick, struggling, or facing sudden unemployment (for some, encouragement will simply be a text simply letting them know how sorry you are they are going through what they are and that you love them)
- Thank a doctor, nurse, first responder, or leader and their families
- Share a list online of things you are grateful for and ask others to join you by creating a special hashtag for it
- Color an inspiring coloring page (yes, it’s for adults too) to help lower your stress level and then share it with others online
- Surround yourself with positivity and be willing to share that positivity with others
While I tend to have a love/hate relationship with social media, I am just recently finding that many are now using their voice to spread positivity and that is something I can get behind. Some of my favorite inspirational messages from this last week or two have come from Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks, Max Lucado, Proverbs 31 Ministries, my local church, and a whole host of family and friends that are encouraging others to find some humor in this new reality for the sake of our collective sanity.
Hope is still alive, despite the onslaught of evolving news and circumstances from around the world. Our mission should be to help people find it.
I say, “Challenge accepted!”
How about you?