It’s times like these where we see how fantastic people can be and also how horrible people can be. It’s important that we focus on how fantastic people can be. When you allow negativity to take over your emotions, you put out negativity. I know it doesn’t feel good and it’s not fun to be around.
I definitely have a bad habit of letting anger take over my thoughts when I see people do crappy things like throw latex gloves on the concrete, get into their car, and drive off. Leaving the gloves for someone else to pick up and throw in the garbage that’s 15 feet away.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll say something. But when we let anger take over, it’s not healthy. There are so many people who can make you angry if you allow them. There are also people that can put a smile on your face. If you let them.
I asked friends and family to share stories with me of kind things they have been doing, witnessed, or heard of. I decided to put together a blog to share with all of you so we can appreciate the kindness in the world.
First, John Krasinski.
He started a YouTube channel for good news. The channel is called, “Some Good News” and I love it. It’s important for us to stay informed, but the news can be full of fear and negativity. I don’t watch the news, if I need information I will check the CDC website for facts. The only news I watch it presented by John Krasinski who is working to bring a smile to your face!
Second, Middle Child Sandwich shop.
I did see this on the news, actually. It was the only good thing I saw a couple of weeks ago. This young entrepreneur is allowing his employees to continue to work by using donations to provide lunches for local hospital employees. This way, nurses and doctors get delicious and free lunch, and his employees get a paycheck.
Third, people making masks.
I got so many messages from friends and family about making masks.
My aunt was the first to message me on Facebook about a friend of hers. Her friend left her, along with many others, a home made face mask in the mailbox! By doing this, she could help keep her friends safe while maintaining social distancing. My aunt was so touched, as I would be, too! When my aunt saw that the Kennedy Krieger Institution needed face masks, she let her friend know. Now, her friend is making masks for nurses and doctors who desperately need them! Thank you, Rebecca!
My sister-in-law, Caitlin, told me that her mom has been making masks, too! Her mom has made at least 150 masks. She gives them to friends and family in the medical field. Also, they’re super cute! Thank you for doing this, Ann!
Third, signs around the house!
My other sister-in-law, Valerie, said when she went for a run she saw laminated signs hanging from a tree in the front yard of someone’s home. The signs said “I love you,” and “Pray,” and “This shall pass,” along with other encouraging things.
I particularly love this one because I think we can all use a little bit of encouragement. Even on a run. It would definitely put a smile on my face.
So thank you to those kind neighbors for those encouraging messages!
Fourth, side walk art!
My mom has a friend who found a bunch of great chalk art on his walk! He took pictures of them. There were messages that said “Donut worry, be happy!” and another that said, “We are all in this together!”, and a third one that simply said “Stay Kind.”
Thank you to those wonderful kids for the encouraging and kind chalk art and thank you to Andrew for the pictures!
Finally, I added some positive notes to my steps outside my front door! I wanted to thank our delivery drivers: USPS, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, GrubHub, Door Dash, Insta Cart, etc. I also wanted to thank our trash pick-up crew, and all other essential workers. Without them, a lot more of us would be exposing ourselves to this virus. I just wanted to simply say: Thank you!
Our nurses, I even have a few in my family. Our doctors. Our EMT’s. Our paramedics. Everyone who is directly exposed to this deadly and terrifying virus. We appreciate you. There’s a lot of ignorance out there, but your efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by everyone.
Stay safe everyone! Stay positive, spread good vibes, and stay healthy!
See you later!