This pandemic experience is a massive experiment in collective vulnerability. We can be our worst selves when we’re afraid, or our very best, bravest selves. In the context of fear and vulnerability, there is often very little in between because when we are uncertain and afraid our default is self-protection. We don’t have to be scary when we’re scared. Let’s choose awkward, brave, and kind. And let’s choose each other.”
– Brené Brown
Thank you to all the people putting themselves on the front lines. Thank you to my sister, Mary, a hospice nurse who is putting off her retirement because so many other health workers are afraid to go to work and are calling in sick. Thank you to all the doctors, health care workers, and every worker and volunteer still out there serving the world.
Thank you to the manager at Trader Joe’s supermarket who said to the people waiting on line to go in: “We have plenty of food. Please respect each other and don’t be pushy or horde. Take only one or two of each thing so others can get what they need also. This is a time to be kind to each other.” Because the manager set that intention it was a surreal shopping experience. Everyone kept their distance, people asked each other if they needed help, a young man offered to do an older man’s shopping.
Thank you to the Instagram accounts @upworthy and @good_news_movement for posting uplifting, heartwarming stories like this one: China sent medical masks to Italy and wrote on boxes a quote of a Roman poem: “We are waves from the same sea.” Japan had donated supplies to China and wrote on the boxes a quote of a Chinese poem: “We have different mountains and rivers, but we share the same sun, moon and sky.”
When we choose each other no kindness is too small. Give your number to your at risk neighbors, learn their names, offer your help, take out their garbage, shop for them, walk their dog, talk over the fence. I took out my neighbor’s garbage. As I walked away I heard her say, “How nice. Thank you Lord for answering my prayers.” We all want to know we’re not alone during hard times.
May you, and all your loved ones, be surrounded by love, miracles, joy and vibrant health. .