We were sitting in the auditorium on Friday, March 13th at approximately 1:00 p.m. Our principal had called for a brief faculty meeting to update us on how the district would be handling the Coronavirus. I, like others saw how surrounding states and districts closed schools to help stop the spread of the virus. Most of us knew what was coming, but once we closed, many of us spoke briefly about how our lives would be changing at least for a few weeks. I’ve pondered that thought, “for a few weeks.”
In challenging times, it’s up to us to show what makes all humans special. It’s much easier to put on a happy, content face when things are great. We go out with our friends, exercise regularly (hopefully), go to a job we love (again, hopefully.) But now times have changed. What will be our new normal? How will we show others that even in times we’ve never witnessed, we can rise above the “talk” and show dignity, compassion and kindness. While I, like others definitely don’t have all the answers, here are a few things to consider:
- We are all dealing with this! No matter your job, income, color of your skin or nationality, this has affected all of us. Yes, it’s easy to isolate ourselves, (we should do this), but it doesn’t mean that we can’t share kind words and compassion for others. Social media, for all its possible faults, has allowed us to communicate without fear of catching the disease. Reach out and show others you are thinking of them.
- Put your political and personal views to the side. You’d have to be living under a rock to not hear or see all the mixed messages that are out there on television, radio and on social media. No matter your what you think, now isn’t the time to spread hurtful words. People need to know we are better than this. Even if others decide to spread hate, take the high road and spread kindness. The results will matter!
- Offer help if you can! These current times will greatly impact large swaths of people. Going out of your way to help others will make you feel good and also show those in need that you care. Help doesn’t need to be in the form of something monetary. Sure, that’s always possible, but for many this isn’t a feasible option. A positive message, smile and even a phone call can and will make a huge difference.
The coronavirus will pass! I remember when 9/11 happened. It shook our nation to the core. Watching how we united as a nation will always remind me how proud I am to live in our great country. Many thought that 9/11 would have a lasting impact, and it did. That impact was how we came together as one to help others rise above the pain of losing a loved one. This time is no different. Yes, the circumstances may not look or feel the same. But it’s how we can show similar acts of towards others that will show who we are as a people. Thanks for all that you do to make our world a better place. Spread kindness and compassion, it matters!
Craig (My Twitter and Facebook Connections are Below)