Mot: I decided to pick up a little coffee treat for my daughter, who is supposed to be living her best life at college right now, but is instead quarantined in the house with me, who asks her to proofread my memes while I chew pretzels too loudly. As I pulled up to the drive-thru window, I was greeted by the words, “You are not alone”. A simple, hand-made sign. A small gesture. And one that instantly made me feel a little better.
My sister in San Francisco finally found some much needed disinfecting wipes. They came in a 3 pack, so she kept one and decided to leave the others at the doors of two elderly neighbors in her apartment building.
A few weeks ago, I was at Costco and stock was pretty low on many items. As I was passing through an aisle, a man and a woman both reached for the last case of canned beans at the same time. “Oh, sorry,” the woman apologized. “Please,” the man replied, “you take it. We’re all in this together.”
A gentleman walked into the grocery store in my town and asked the manager how many people worked there. He then purchased 150 gift cards at $75.00 each to be given to every employee in the store.
Life is hard right now, no question about it. And the news tends to headline the negative. But I believe that for every “bad guy” they profile, there are 100 more good guys that would lend you a hand. I believe that most people will rise to the occasion. I believe that even the smallest act of kindness is a powerful thing.
And I’d like to believe I will be a stronger, more compassionate, more APPRECIATIVE human when this is all over. I’d like to believe we all will.