“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
News Flash – the entire world is in the midst of a pandemic right now, civil unrest and an election filled joy and delight. Uncertainty continues. Work from home. School from home. Fear. Anxiety. Unknown.
I can hear the tone and angst in emails, in conversations, on zoom calls. I’ve done my share of contributing in a similar fashion at times. I try to stop myself in my tracks to not become what I attest. In the past three days, I’ve gotten mean-ass angry emails assuming the worst intentions rather than simple human error.
So here’s your Mr. Rogers lesson for adults since many are acting like children who have skipped lunch and can’t play with your toys. Count to 10 before you send an email or assume you’re the only asshole going through a difficult time right now. Mr. Rogers would also advise children to look for the helpers. Why not try to be a helper?
The answer to pandemic month 6 is not is assuming that you are the only person going through difficult times and the rest of us are on vacation. Be kind. Be patient. Empathy works, try it.
A year from now, when you look back on your actions now, will you be proud of how you moved through this historic “unprecedented” time? Learn to breath, assume the best and count to 10. Reflect and think before you speak or send an email.
Tip of the week: Download the Insight Timer meditation app. I’ve been listening in the morning and evening the past two weeks and am finding a deep peace with a few hiccups during 10 hours of daily work filled with delightful emails. Meditate in the morning and evening to reflect on you, not others. We all, all of us, can do and act better.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Breathe.
Serenity now and cast some light. Please. We know it’s difficult. Let’s help each other carry the load and find joy right now when we need it the most. Tough love – yep, grow up.
“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” – William Wordsworth