The world feels like it is in chaos and out of control these days with a pandemic and riots due to racial inequalities that still persist. It feels like kindness and humanity have all but disappeared from the world. This can cause feelings of hopelessness, sadness, anger, and frustration, which then leads to being emotionally overwhelmed. How do we make sense of this current world to gain control? This can seem like an impossible task. Just when we start to make sense of it all another thing happens that can feel like a setback.
When this type of dynamic is happening we crave control and kindness. To do this we need to start with ourselves. We can do this by envisioning the type of world we want to live in. What do we want to see in the future? This makes me think of the famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. To do this start locally with yourself, then branch out to immediate family members or neighbors.
I have a friend who walks around with ziplock baggies filled with food, wipes, and masks to hand out to those that need them as she walks down the street. She does this with her children. She is modeling caretaking and kindness through these simple bags she hands out. We need to think of simple things we can do, even if it is just holding a door for someone or saying a kind word. As we show kindness and love for all, we hope that this becomes infectious to help change the greater society.