Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
- Elie Wiesel -
These are the Days of The Heavy Sigh. News – overwhelming. Coronavirus – spreading. Political temperture – hot. Common sense – endangered. When the good news is “toilet paper is in stock” you know the National Sanity Bar is set too low. And yet. The collective weight of kindness, though the individual acts may seem feather light, can tip the scale in favor of a Better World. Amidst the confusion and concern around a school year, a school supply drive (masked & distanced) takes place. When a health assistance agency serving the medically and economically vulnerable needs food, a virtual drive takes place and the $$$ expectations are not only met but exceeded. A Community Garden appears despite a shutdown, and neighborhood connections are made, food is grown and distributed, and the bees, butterflies, (and rabbits) are happy. For no reason at all – other than a kind heart – a man teaches himself to bake high-quality designer breads and distributes them at random. Another soul spends countless hours and abundant sweat to improve a playground and cure a water drainage issue. And on. And on. What we do matters. It always has. But now, with some heavy weights being tossed on the challenging side of the scale, those small acts seem to gain a needed heft. Just looping a mask over your ears is a radical act of kindness and care. One step at a time. One breath at a time. One kind word at a time. One conversation at a time. One (masked) smile at a time.
We can do this.
Wishing you peace, kindness, and a bit of sanity amidst the storms – be well.