Lessons Learned during Quarantine!
One of the many lessons learned during this quarantine period has been just how enjoyable it is watching people use their strengths to help others! Feeling helpless is awful and the only solution is to do something! We all have talents so the key is to use yours to help others. Doing so will make you feel better and boost the morale of those you know and love as well! Here are just some of the things witnessed during these last two months...
Family members that are healthcare workers (one doctor, two RN's, a lead radiology technologist, a medical assistant)...didn't even think twice about donning the extra PPE to care for others!
My aunt, a very talented quilter, put her expertise (and beautiful fabric) to use making masks for others...and when I say 'making masks' I mean like almost 500 reversible, fabric masks! When she ran out of elastic, she was blessed with thousands of yards of elastic from friends. She has mailed masks to others all over our country and even put them on her gate outside of her home where people in response have left her trout, banana nut bread, eggs...it's like a circle of kindness!
We have an engineer in our family who used a 3-D printer to make face shields free of charge in order to keep healthcare workers safe.
Several people have told me how good it made them feel to be able to grocery shop for the elderly people in their lives (family and neighbors).
Sometimes it's the little things that you can do to make others feel appreciated. Like putting care packages in the mailbox or by your front door for delivery workers. A simple drink with chips and a few pieces of candy in a cellophane bag with a thank you note can make their day!
Also remembering special occasions: a friends birthday-put cookies by their front step and balloons on their mailbox, a graduate-boast about their accomplishment on social media and make a poster/sign for their yard or use sidewalk chalk to congratulate them, weddings that are being postponed-send a note with well wishes and let the recipient know that you can't wait to celebrate them, expecting friends with cancelled baby showers-host a virtual shower for them with flowers & gifts delivered beforehand, ladies' groups like book club or church groups-schedule a time to socialize over zoom, support small business owners-frequent their restaurants by ordering curbside, make purchases online, 'share' their posts to your pages and buying gift cards when possible.
While we are SO very thankful for all essential workers, let us remember that we all have essential talents that we can use to bless others anytime! So, what have you been up to? #we'reinthistogether