We all struggle differently during times of stress. The pandemic has pushed many of us past our coping abilities. It is during this time that we are faced with making decisions as to how to deal with everyday environmental stressors that are out of our control.
In my city and across the country, people are doing random acts of kindness. When the pandemic first began, a neighbor who lived at the end of the block, yelled at me to say that he made clocks, and had made one especially for me. I was surprised since we had never talked although I walked past his house daily. I was touched by his kindness. He was outside playing horseshoes in his yard and told me the clock was near the front door. He continued to play his game as I found the clock and was surprised to find that it was really cool in a modern industrial deisgn. I thanked him and again he said, I thought you would like it. I was touched by this random stranger’s act of kindness. It inspired me to want to do random acts of kindness myself.
In our small city people are painting inspiration messages on rocks and hiding them around town. I have found several, some make me laugh, some make me smile and some touch my heart. Yesterday I found a small plastic bag with a sticky note on it, saying, “From me to you! Exactly what you need right now”. Inside the bag was a beautiful crystal rock that promotes the feeling of calm.
I don’t know any of the people that are leaving random gifts across town, but it makes me happy to know that there are people out there doing random acts of kindness at a time when it is most needed.