As COVID-19 numbers continue to climb across the world, it’s easy to become disheartened and afraid. We are often reminded of the darker sides of humanity, constantly weighed down by news reports, or people selfishly endangering others with their actions. Yet it is in these moments that I am reminded of an anecdote of Fred Rogers,
“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
Yes, despite the plethora of stories that negatively highlight the human condition there was, is, and will continue to be good done in this world. The medical staffs, from the janitors to the surgeons, are all integral pieces in the fight against COVID-19. The first responders, mentors, delivery drivers, and so many more all have their part in this battle.
And this means you, too.
It can be difficult to see that, especially when so many of us have seen loved one’s struggle, face challenges at work, or have had essential projects delayed. But now, more than ever, is the time for us to make a difference by lifting up our spirits, staying thankful and positive, and being as generous as we are able.
What Can We Do
- Be patient with others – Often we judge others by their actions and judge ourselves by our intentions. Give people the benefit of the doubt and let it be.
2. Reach out – Though we often take the numerous ways technology grants us to keep in touch for granted we can tap into what we already have to send an encouraging and loving word. The internet and our phones give us immediate access to one another so take advantage and let someone know that they’re loved and thought of. Remember, the smallest act of kindness can mean the world to someone else.
3. Exercise – It’s easy to use self-isolation as an excuse to not get any exercise in, but studies show that keeping in shape has a positive correlation with mood, among other benefits.
4. Self-Affirmation – Know your worth! Similar to reaching out, it is easy to be a victim of circumstance and yet cast all the blame inwards. If you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything in your life to date, then you’re not giving yourself enough credit. Today is a new day! You are important, you are whole, and you are not alone.
5. Give – Being generous is often conflated with giving financial support, but that is just an example of generosity! Clean out your closets and donate or help supply food pantries. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, share a kind word with store cashiers working overtime, the options are plentiful. Even something as simple as re-sharing posts on recent causes, global charities, and world poverty facts brings awareness to social programs that need support.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Being helped does not exclude us from being helpers. When we help each other, we help ourselves. In difficult times, may we remember we are still called to and more than capable of making a positive difference in the lives of others. A brighter day is ahead!
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