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We humans are a resilient bunch. Currently we are in the greatest global crisis that most of us can remember, confronting an unfamiliar foe. And we are doing it by and large in isolation. Some parts of the world have been dealing with this virus longer than others. For many, the worst is yet to come. And yet, inspirational stories of human kindness, generosity, and positivity come to us from all points across the globe.
This post is my inaugural edition of a new series I call “Friday Favorites”. Given that I have more time at home (and thus, to write), I wanted to find a new way to serve my readers. Friday Favorites will be just that – a weekly collection of my favorites from a wide variety of topics.
Kindness During the COVID-19 Crisis
For this edition, I felt compelled to share inspirational stories of hope and kindness from across the globe. I think we can all use some uplifting at this particular point in time. Some of these stories are “big” – like the video of the doctors singing, that has taken social media by storm. Others are small, like the mom in China just describing how life has changed for her family. But all are inspiring and relatabled, highlighting the good in humankind from across the globe.
Click the name of any of the stories you would like to read.
I hope you will take a look at them all, and that they give you faith in today, and hope for a brighter future for us all.
Stories of Inspiration and Kindness During a Crisis
Source: BBC – Travel
“As Italy becomes the global epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s beautiful, shared showcase of Italian culture is nothing short of remarkable.”
Italy was my dream destination for years, and I finally visited for the first time almost exactly a year ago. I found it to be a spellbinding and magical place, and literally was making plans for my return even as I boarded my airplane home. Now, we see music and singing from the balconies as the Italian citizens band together – even as they socially isolate – to celebrate their arts and culture and shared loved of life.
“WHENEVER THERE IS A HUMAN IN NEED, THERE IS AN OPPORUNITY FOR KINDNESS AND TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”Kevin Heath
Source: Podcast from The Guardian Weekly, Australia
“As we face continuing restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 we’re finding our lives becoming increasingly different. In this episode of Full Story, we look at how our lives are changing and search for stories of hope and community among the uncertainty the coronavirus has brought the world.”
Source: Youtube Video from CBS8 San Diego, CA
This short video tells the inspiring story of an 87-year-old retired Marine with not one but five underlying health conditions. He contracted COVID-19 while on a cruise ship, but has recovered and is home in San Diego. Remarkable.
“Rebecca Arendell Franks lives with her family in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus. They have been on lockdown for over 50 days, but she is starting to see all the good things that come from this experience”. Learning to see and appreciate the little things in life is something we can all learn from.
“TOO OFTEN WE UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A TOUCH, A SMILE, A KIND WORD, A LISTENING EAR, AN HONEST COMPLIMENT, OR THE SMALLEST ACT OF CARING, ALL OF WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TURN A LIFE AROUND.”Leo Buscaglia
Source: Elle Magazine, UK
“So, when it comes to positive news about coronavirus, it’s all about switching the narrative from scaremongering, to caremongering. These are some individual heroes proving love and kindness will always win. No act of compassion is too small; everything has a greater impact than we realize.”
Source: TheActiveTimes.com, USA
“In times of trouble, it can be more difficult than ever to stay positive. But as coronavirus sweeps through countries, people across the world are unifying to take care of one another. Funds are being raised, groceries are being delivered and, most importantly, kindness and compassion are being shown. If you’re in need of a smile – and we all are – here are a few stories that should do the trick.”
Source: Youtube.com (original source undetermined)
Dr. Elvis Francois sings a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” accompanied on the piano by Dr. William Robinson. If you haven’t already seen (and heard) this viral video, it is a MUST WATCH. These two doctors had just finished extended shifts when they sat down together to perform this song.
“DO YOUR LITTLE BIT OF GOOD WHERE YOU ARE; IT’S THOSE LITTLE BITS OF GOOD PUT TOGETHER THAT OVERWHELM THE WORLD”Desmond Tutu
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Final Thoughts on Kindness During a Crisis
There really is so much good in this world. And in these times of upheaval, we all need the hope these inspirational stories provide for us. They help us sustain our beliefs in ourselves, each other, and a bright future for us all. We truly can never, ever have too much kindness in our lives – especially during a time of crisis such as COVID-19.
If you’ve seen an inspirational story of kindness during this crisis, please share it in the comments below. I’d love to add it to this list. Thank you!