Why Did We Do This?
A virus is a clear model of our natural, daily impact. We are inevitably, inextricably interrelated and every action we take has an influence that goes beyond our comprehension. A carrier of the virus can infect 2 people. Those people can each infect 4. Those 4 might each affect another 4. Exponential growth is humbling when it hurts us; we are currently witnessing the dark side of the Pay-It-Forward model with COVID-19.
Can we combat this shadow with some light? Can we double down, even in the midst of Social Distancing, on Social Care? What happens when we flex compassion to the same degree as our necessary caution?
This virus has affected us ALL and the vast majority of the 7.8 billion of us have never met Patient Zero. It stands to reason that that sort of impact can be equally GOOD.
So, to combat the inevitable confusion and loneliness and pain ahead of us, we are offering a Kindness Practice every day for at least the next 30 days - and ALL of them can be done even if you can't leave home. It will take you 10 minutes or less and it will be designed to give yourself, your community, and this world a daily dose of generosity, connection, empathy, and Love.
This pandemic will be painful personally, financially, spiritually, and all-directionally. We recognize that people will be hurt in more ways than Kindness can cure. Along the way, we must also exercise empathy for those who are most immediately impacted and LISTEN to the advice of experts who have dedicated their lives to help prepare us for this very thing: wash hands, social distance, don’t overbuy, don’t overburden the system, and don’t spread fear or misinformation.
That said, we are capable of widespread compassion. We must demonstrate abundant hope. We will combat the spreading shadow with the fullness of our light. We may not all be doctors, but we can each use our platform to make Kindness a bit more normal and the world a bit more bright.
It won’t solve the sickness, but it may help the soul.