Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” I remembered this quote as I was being ordered to shelter in place and stay at home. The news is a scary thing. Covid-19 is a scary thing. But when I look for the helpers, I am not so afraid. I don’t feel so hopeless. Turns out Nancy Rogers was right.
If you go onto social media, you will find stories of healthcare professionals helping those with Coronavirus. These helpers are on the front lines. They risk their own health every time they help someone with Coronavirus. They are working to save lives and they are doing just that. I personally know some of these helpers and I know how deeply they care. If you know a healthcare worker, you too can be a helper by telling them how grateful you are for their service.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City asked retired healthcare workers to return to work. In a single day a 1,000 doctors and nurses answered the call. These retired workers are more susceptible to the coronavirus and yet they STILL signed up to help. The last time I checked over 1,700 hundred medical workers had signed up to help the 9,000 healthcare workers already fighting the Coronavirus in New York City.
Last night on my local news I watched car clubs donate mask and gloves to healthcare workers. Who knew that people in car clubs would have these items? They organized a drive and collects a lot of N-95 mask and gloves.
I’ve also seen people on social media teach others how to make mask. Hey, I’d take a homemade mask over an old used mask or no mask. It’s something. I’m wondering how we can all help to get mask and gloves to healthcare workers? If you have an idea, please share it.
I have beautiful and kind neighbors. I organized a 5:00 check in every afternoon. We stand in a big circle 10 feet apart and check in with each other, or we just stand in front of our houses.
Sometimes we share food and other essential items with each other. One at a time we place items on top of car hoods making sure we stay 6 feet apart. This week we have shared onions, carrots, cabbage and eggs. Come to find out, sharing is caring.
Some of my neighbors have started calling this happy hour and bringing cocktails. I know I am happy to see them, and I believe they are happy to see each other.
I know in my heart that we get through Covid-19 by helping each other. For me, helping is just kindness in action. Each day I ask myself how I can help others? Today, I decided to write this blog with the hope of helping someone. Later today, I will see my neighbors and see if anyone needs help. My family needs my help by being kind. It’s stressful for all of us to be in the same space.
If you look for ways to help, you’ll find ‘em. And here’s the cool thing, when you help others you will help you too. You will feel good about being kind. And you know what? The world needs that right now. The world needs your kindness.
Feeling a little stressed or anxious? Need a little help? Then contact me about scheduling a session. You talk. I listen.
We are still in the middle of the pandemic and more and more helpers emerge everyday. Today my neurosurgeon, Soren Single suggest I take a look at llama inspired aeronabs. It sounds crazy but engineers at UCSF developed an inhaler that strangles Covid-19. You use the inhaler and it protects you for twelve hours against Covid. Really cool uh? All kinds of people are working on solutions for to help us through this pandemic. In the meantime, we need to wear mask, wash hands and be kind to each other.