When it comes to the coronavirus, it’s easy to feel fearful and uncertain. At InspireMore, our goal has always been to share the light and kindness that’s all around us. No matter what happens, we’ve seen time and time again that we are in this together and there’s plenty of love to go around.
Despite the widespread anxiety about COVID-19, people want to do good, and they are doing just that — all around the world! That’s why we put together this list of nine stories that can change your perspective and help you choose hope.
1. Social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t reach out!
A rabbi recently shared this powerful message on how we can stay safe while caring for others:
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Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise. … Let’s stay safe. And let’s draw one another closer in a way that we’ve never done before.
2. It’s an “amazing act of social solidarity.”
3. We can still help our neighbors.
When professional runner Rebecca Mehra saw an elderly couple that was afraid to go into a grocery store, she grabbed their list and did their shopping for them. People want help and are willing to ask for it. Look for opportunities!
4. “Good vibes” go a long way.
5. A simple act of kindness can be a “bright spot.”
Kids at St. Anthony’s School in Columbus, Nebraska, sent cards to isolated individuals in quarantine. The small gesture meant the world to them.
“It was a real bright spot in my day,” one of the patients said. “They were just so darling and heartfelt.”
6. Countless communities are rallying to support those in need.
7. Everyone can make a difference.
“If you’re willing to help, everyone can help. It doesn’t matter if you’re Vietnamese, Singaporean, or Thai, or that we’re from different places. We may be different in nationalities, but we’re all just people.”
8. Big businesses and celebrities are giving back.
9. “The virus that is facing us will not defeat us!”
This quarantined Italian neighborhood came together to sing a song of hope from their balconies.
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Fred Rogers once said, “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
Even when times are hard, there is hope! Share this story with anyone you know who might need encouragement today.
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