We are living in unprecedented times. The Coronavirus pandemic is something our children are living and future generations will read about in their world history books.
Most of us have never been through anything like this before and I pray each day that we never will again.
The reality is that we are in the midst of a global crisis and how we show up, how we choose to serve is vital to how we, as a world, move forward.
It is only natural for us to have an initial response of self-preservation. We all want to stay healthy, safe and comfortable. Taking measures to preserve our well being and that of our families and loved ones is not selfish, it is basic human instinct.
But there is a point where many, many of us are going beyond the natural instinct to self preserve.
So many are taking more than they need. Over shopping, hoarding and in some cases reselling much needed supplies at exorbitant prices.
I know you are scared…I am too. But I urge you to consider who you want to be, who you want your children, grandchildren and loved ones to see, amidst crisis.
This is a time to step into your best self. A time to serve, to pay forward all of the opportunity, compassion and kindness you have been gifted during your lifetime.
Even the simplest act of service is enough. A phone call to a neighbor, being mindful as you shop not to take more than you need, reconnecting and checking in with old friends, volunteering your time – and yes, this can be done during a shelter in place.
Think outside the box to bring community, compassion and love to those who need it most.
Sometimes, stepping into service is as simple as not doing the things you want to do.
And most important of all…cultivate gratitude each and every day, gratitude for yourself, your family, loved ones and each other. Within each of us is all of us.