This is a quote that I have always loved as I totally believe it’s true. It’s really easy to look at the negatives in a challenging situation. Many of the time we find ourselves looking at the worse case scenario, sometimes it’s our way of dealing with things. We think the worse, as then we will be prepared for it and pleasantly surprised if it’s not that bad.
When you tap into the media around you, when life gets difficult for our societies it’s the drama, problems, pain, nastiness and injustice by others that you’ll find being reported the most. You’ll hear about people being selfish and unkind and how hard life is for many.
You may have to look a little harder but the positive stories are also out there. They may not be as widely reported but that doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. Everyday kindness is happening but it doesn’t sell as many papers, it doesn’t bring the drama and shock value.
Trust me, they are there.
There’s a chef down the road making up meals and delivering them to those that need some support and are self isolating.
Mums at the local school are helping each other out with childcare if their children’s school is closed.
Businesses are coming up with ideas and ways to help like supermarkets opening just for the elderly for the first few hours so they can come and purchase items that are being sold out quickly because of others stockpiling.
Health professionals on the frontline are being given free massages, complimentary treatments etc… by businesses that want do something for what must be an incredibly difficult time for these carers.
Families are putting notes through vulnerable peoples doors in their communities with their phone number on, offering any help or support they can give. That could be in a practical sense, like getting them supplies or just a friendly ear for a chat so they don’t feel so isolated.
Children are writing to elderly people self isolating in care homes who are allowed no outside contact. Creating inter generational friendships and bringing a smile to each other’s faces.
So why not be one of those helpers. A simple act of kindness will mean so much to others and give a positive to focus on when bombarded with the harsh realities of our current challenges. Lead by example and show your children how wonderful it is to bring a little cheer and relief to someone’s life.
Be creative. If your children at home you will have time with them to cook, write and get your creativity flowing, in the process make someone else smile and teach your children a much more valuable life lesson than they will learn in their maths class at school.
So maybe my message really is not LOOK for the helpers but rather BE one of those helpers…..