As the country is slowly starting to re-open, it’s important to remember that we are still at risk of a second wave of COVID-19 hitting us soon and everyone’s comfort level with being in public is different. Some people feel comfortable having dinner outside, some people are still very uneasy to go grocery shopping. Some people are still recovering from the virus. No matter where you sit on the spectrum of comfort, you must be kind. Wear a mask when you are in public and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. You have no idea what a person’s background is, so let’s all just be kind and stay in our own lanes. There is no drawback to being kind.
Which is a very fitting message for where the country stands right now. Businesses are working to figure out how they can be part of the change, parents are figuring out how to best communicate messages that resonate with their kids depending on age and everyone is trying to figure out how they can help. No matter where you where you stand and how vocal or non-vocal you choose to be, one thing that everyone can do is BE KIND.
Offer to help your neighbor, donate to those in need, hold the door open for a stranger, tell your friends how much they mean to you – small acts of kindness every day are infectious and make people feel good. When someone feels good, they are also kind. Kindness builds strong communities.
If you run a company, make sure your employees feel valued, as it is their talent and loyalty that our businesses and country need now and in future to rebuild our economy and collective prosperity.
How we are all feeling right now is not permanent. Success looks different to everyone but how you approach the future is what defines you. Let’s all dig deep right now, be kind and compassionate, and work together to rebuild our economy and communities.