What do you have to give?

Quote of the day:
“Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.” -Zig Ziglar

I am so inspired by everything I’ve been seeing and reading on social media. I was in 9th grade when 9/11 happened. I truly think that was the last time the United States was a totally united front. The nation rallied together instantly. Individuals were no longer focused on their own problems, but the problems of the many and the nation. Skin color didn’t matter, sexual orientation didn’t matter, religious affiliations didn’t matter. None of it did. We as a nation were broken and heading into a fight.

This is the same thing that happened during the Great Depression and WWII. The nation was struggling. The greatest good for the greatest number was the priority. People sacrificed their own comforts for the good of the group.

I can see the same is happening now and I’m in love with these acts of kindness. People are helping in any way, shape, or form they can and it’s having tremendous impact on the spirit of the masses.

Some examples of people and businesses rising to the occasion to help… Mo Willems is doing a free live “Lunch Doodles” tutorial for kids. There are chefs offering free live cooking classes. Educational subscription sites are offering free memberships while schools are closed. There are free online workouts being offered live from fitness studios. Authors are doing free live readings of their books. Musicians are offering free online concerts. Streaming services are offering never before seen things like Broadway recording and movies that are supposed to be out only in the movie theaters. Disney released Star Wars- The Rise of Skywalker early for digital download and added Frozen 2 super early to their Disney+ subscription service. Free internet is being offered to kids at home that are without. I could literally go on and on about this, and it makes my heart happy!

The world is being kind and giving. We are uniting (although it be online) to help each other get through this social distancing quarantine. Obviously this is unprecedented, but most everyone seems to be taking this virus seriously and is ready to take the challenge on of staying home to prevent further spread of the virus. Right now, it really is about the greatest good for the greatest number. While this is an inconvenience of huge proportions, having our hospitals crippled because they can’t handle all of the sick would be so much worse. Preventing an even worse situation is the number one goal and we should all be committed to it.

So, my question for you today… what do you have to give? Are you able to help a friend or neighbor and watch their kid(s) while they have to work at an essential job like a hospital or grocery store? Can you donate money or any extra food to any of the relief organizations trying to help those in need? Are you able to do something as simple as write some e-mails to friends and family as a way to keep in touch and put a smile on their faces?

This is not only happening to you. This is happening everywhere. Do what you can to help, even if it’s just a small random act of kindness over the internet in a message to say “Hi, I miss you! Have a great day!” or a quick video you text to your parents that shows you or your kids smiling and laughing together. Let’s spread love, hope, and happiness and not COVID-19.


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