At the beginning of each year, I pick a word or two by which I intend to live my life for the coming twelve months.
This year I picked the word ‘kind.’ Who knew when I made that choice how much I would need to live up to that word?
Right now as we struggle to find meaning in the pandemic and the social isolation we are encountering, I find kindness is one of the few constants we have control over and can choose to adopt.
Take the way we keep in touch with one another. These days I find myself relying on the old-fashioned options of phoning friends and family as hearing their voices is comforting and I feel less isolated too. You see being kind works both ways and as the sender I benefit as much as the person at the other end of the phone.
Through our Rotary Club we have started a card campaign, sending cards and notes to people who are housebound or on their own.
And I like to believe it makes a difference. In these days of social isolation, it is comforting to know that someone is thinking of you. It makes you feel less alone.
Some of my friends are ill or their partners are and as a result struggling with the isolation. I like to believe that being able to share how you truly are with someone who cares, while it doesn’t take away the issues being faced, helps keep their spirits up. It also puts your struggles in perspective.
But sometimes we get busy and absorbed in our own lives, and we forget about the value in reaching out. The other week my cousin in BC phoned me. We hadn’t spoken in a long time. It was such a lovely surprise and kept me buoyed for days.
Who have you talked to lately? Is there someone who would love to receive a thoughtful card?
Let’s all practice kindness. Let’s all reach out and call someone. It doesn’t take up that much time in your day, but could make the day of the person receiving your attention.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.