Kindness in the Time of Crises

Australia is no stranger to crises. And there has been a spate of them recently. 2019 saw droughts followed by floods followed by bushfires in late 2019 and start of 2020. And we are in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. And there are talks of an economic recession now. Some of us can weather most of them, most can survive a few, but hardly anyone can survive all of them. So what can we do?

Listening to the news everyday, one can’t help but be depressed at the sad state of affairs, more so when it’s directly or indirectly affecting the physical and financial wellbeing of your family and friends. So what can we do?

Some of us have lost jobs, others (like me) can’t find business, households are running out of food, we are having to isolate ourselves from our friends, and in some cases, our families. So what can we do?

We can be kind– to others suffering a similar fate as ours or even worse.

There aren’t enough happy stories in the news or around us at the moment. Which is why it is all the more important to be kind and help others ride this storm of uncertainty. It is heartening to see small acts of kindness that shine like a spark in a dark night of despair. Here are snippets of a few of such stories that I came across:

Snippet 1

Snippet 2

Snippet 3

These are only a few of the heartwarming gestures people are doing in these trying times. And most of the others are going unreported. But all of them are having a great impact on everyone included – the receiver of kindness, the provider of kindness, and everyone who witnesses these acts or comes across them on the Internet (which is why I am contributing to spreading them). If you see someone being kind to someone else, try and be kind as well. If you see someone not being kind, still try and be kind to them so you can help them change. And when others are being kind to you, thank them, and keep sharing the kindness.

These are difficult times but by being there for each other, by being kind to each other, we can not only weather these days but also emerge as a stronger and a better person.

If you have a similar story to share, please go ahead and drop a comment. Stay safe. Stay well.

P.S.: Thanks to my friend Carola for prodding me enough to write about what we had been talking about since morning today.

Featured image credit to Matt Collamer

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