While mulling over my news feeds today, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed and a bit hopeless about the current state of things. If this is what a country in crisis looks like, then we’re sure in it. The physical, mental, and emotional health of our citizens, communities and entire nation seems to be in peril on several fronts.
What can I possibly do to help?
I turned to some much-needed inspiration and found the words “keep doing good”. Keep doing the positive things that seem insignificant yet can be so powerful to someone on the receiving end.
Ever the optimist and advocate for the “we can’t solve a problem with the same mindset that created it” philosophy, I dug further within and started a list entitled “Promising Things”. Here are a few of those items as of this writing (Happily, the list continues to grow).
- The SpaceX Dragon shuttle successfully lifted off from Florida Saturday and docked with the International Space Station on Sunday. An incredible amazing feat to watch and much needed right now.
- Royce White, a former NBA player stepped up to lead a small peaceful protest this weekend in Minneapolis. It grew to almost 1000 peaceful people. Some say he could be a new Civil Rights leader. By the way, he lends his voice and leads crowds while still overcoming an anxiety disorder.
- Italy, so hard hit by the coronavirus, finally sees a steady decline in cases.
- Volunteers swept and painted and helped put their community stores back together after violence and looting in La Mesa, CA.
- A nurse from Virginia went to NYC to serve in the nation’s virus hotspot, AND connected with the fireman who’d rescued her from a fire 37 years ago. “She turned out to be a remarkable woman.”
- An elementary school in Kentucky published a head shot of a student’s service dog right next to hers (same last name of course) because “We love Ariel. She’s part of Hadley Jo’s family, so she’s part of our family too.”
Yes, it’s pretty dismal out there with much change needed, BUT we can change our focus and our thoughts to the good that’s all around and work from there to help uncover solutions. There’s still much to be done and it starts with one person – you and me.
This week I will anonymously add to the celebration sign at a neighbor’s house where 2 young girls just graduated into their next grade levels. I’ll post a picture here later.
So what good, even seemingly small action, will you take today or this week? Help us build our community of experienced, wise, strong women making the world a better place and share with us, including your photos.
Keep doing good.
“Do your little bit of good where you can. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu