The world is living unprecedented circumstances. Uncertainty and worry are becoming part of our daily routine, and although this state of mind is understandable, it can be counterbalanced with love and kindness.
Focusing on small, compassionate acts you can perform every day for others, reduces your anxiety and eases the burden on the shoulders of those around you.
We cannot control external events, but we can choose how to think about them. Think of the following weeks as a marvelous opportunity to give. Giving has never been more fitting or necessary, and opportunities to give open up every day. Donate to the charity of your choosing. Or, if you cannot afford to donate your money, donate your time or your expertise to the people who may need them.
Call Someone You Have Not Talked to in a While
Think of an old friend you have not been able to converse with in months, or maybe years, and give them a call. Let them know that you think about them and talk about your experiences together. Your connection is meaningful: It has survived the wear and tear of day-to-day life and probably is re-emerging now for a reason. Make sure that the other person is safe, thank them for their friendship and, if you feel like it, arrange to meet in person as soon as you both are able to do so.
Play With Your Pet or Take Care of a Plant
Humans are not the only ones who need your kindness. Pets can sense stress, and their routines have been disrupted as well. Set aside time to play with your pet and have fun together. Tell them how much you appreciate them; they may not be able to understand the words but rest assured that they perceive their meaning. If you don’t have a pet, then take care of a plant. They are sensitive living beings, too, and their flexibility and gentle resilience remind us of the qualities we can develop during difficult times.
Staying in the same place for too long can lead to a weariness towards those with whom we share our living space. The light touch of praise can cut through those resistances and restore a relationship. Don’t let the sameness of your daily routine blind you to the positive qualities of the people you love. Offer sincere praise and remind others of how unique and important they are.
Arrange Simultaneous Experiences
Call a friend or a relative you are not able to visit at the moment and arrange to watch a movie or drink a cup of tea at the same time. You can do this with the aid of technology, for example speaking on the phone or doing a video conference together. This will relish for both of you your personal connection.
One of the lessons we can learn during the next weeks is that physical distance does not mean emotional separation. Be playful as you assimilate this truth. Imagination can be an act of kindness, too: If we can imagine more fulfilling and carefree circumstances for all, we are one step closer to making them true.
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