People are scared. Confused. Distressed. Bored. Uncertain. We are living in a period of confusion where we are watching opportunists do awful things in the name of lining their pockets and disempowering certain groups and individuals — while at the same time seeing heroes risk their lives to help others alongside many practicing incredible care and mindfulness.
The news media loves sensationalism. So they are going to share the images of haters and their guns, the privileged protesting without consequence, and anything else that will rile you up, get you angry, and cause you to watch and seek more information.
I am not telling you to disregard what you are seeing. Those things are out there and you need to be aware of them. What I am suggesting is that you be mindful of what YOU are practicing now.
Kindness is simple. It costs nothing. And it is a tremendous generator of positivity not too unlike gratitude.
When you give kindness, you tend to get kindness. Further, being kind feels as good as receiving a kind act.
Practicing acts of random kindness is a superpower.
What are acts of kindness?
Being kind can take any number of forms, both material and immaterial. Kindness is a practice of consciously giving in a way that holds zero expectation of payment or even reciprocation. It is an act of pure heart and empathy intended to do, create, and be good.
Today, given the incredible uncertainty of the world in which we find ourselves, there are lots of things one can do to be kind. For example:
- Stay home
- Maintain social distancing when you go out
- Wear a mask
- Say “THANK YOU” to anyone who delivers things to you, rings you out at a store, or works in a factory or medicine (or frankly to anyone and everyone you encounter)
- Wash your hands
- Lend a hand to those in need
- Don’t empower the haters
- Spread truth, not propaganda