I had to think long and hard about what to write about today. I rise early in the morning and get on with the day with a positive outlook. I admit I have had a few mornings where I wish it were only a bad dream. I refuse to take that attitude. I feel we all need to do our part and inspire others to do the same. We are entering Day Four of Shelter in Place here on the Central Coast. Let’s share how we are all dealing with this new normal. Today let’s talk about Finding Beauty in Quarantine and Random Acts of Kindness.
“During times of stress, flowers can come to the rescue, heal our hearts and souls and bring beauty where there is none”.
We will be unable to work during this time, so to keep our sanity, we plan to spend this time working on our garden. Thankfully we have had some much-needed rain.
Practice Random Acts of Kindness
At a restaurant in Houston, a customer left a 9,000.00 tip and asked the owner to help his employees during unemployment.
Here is Little Summer reaching through the fence to pet the neighbor’s dog Mellow.
Are you following goodnews_movement on Instagram you should it will lift your spirits
Let’s keep Italy in our hearts and minds and do everything we can to prevent what’s happened there from happening here. I hope (one of my reader’s from Italy doesn’t mind me quoting a recent email she sent to me
“We have beautiful Spring weather here in Umbria, so lots to do outside and in. So sad, our beloved Italy is hit so hard. I cannot even imagine how this will impact Europe, but also the rest of the world. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their loved ones worldwide. Great gratitude to all the medical teams worldwide, such bravery, such devotion to mankind. Unchartered territory, who knows where this will lead. Compassion is key”.
John Legend did an Instaconcert in his home with his family for all to enjoy on Instagram and challenged other artists to do the same
Support Your Local Merchants If You Can
This is a frightening time for all of us who are self-employed. If you have a favorite restaurant in your community that depended on eat-in meals, and they are now doing takeout support them. Many of us are in save not spend mode but if you have a small business that you love, and you have some things in mind give them your support.
Many small businesses like one of my favorites Tancredi and Morgen have opened online stores to try and keep afloat. Tancredi and Morgen have put together these darling care packages. If you know someone who needs a lift, one of Marsha’s lavender-filled pillows, soap and hand cream might be just the ticket.
What to do when you’re housebound?
Order those garden and design books that you haven’t had time to read
I have a list of my favorites on my shop page here
Ways to Help One Another
The New York Times has a great article on how we can help one another here
Paint that Room or Piece of Furniture you haven’t had time to do
If you have been thinking about painting. Home Depot and your local Hardware Stores are still open. Practice social distancing if you go out. If you are looking for a good neutral that works in almost any environment. Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan cut in half is a favorite. It takes on the colors of the surroundings.
Are you worried about your pet getting Covid-19. Healthy Paws has a good article on their blog about that here.
Do you follow Lynne from French Bread and Family on Instagram? You might want to give her a follow. Her post today will brighten your spirits and your heart.
Amanda from the Dinner Party Guru said this “I find this a reflective time and also a time of worldwide unity. I think we will all emerge on the other side slightly changed by our collective journey”
Thank you for doing your part to flatten the curve in a mindful giving way. We will all be forever grateful when we can gather with friends and share a meal or a glass of wine again.
Let us be thankful for the simple things in life and do our best to protect ourselves and others. We can do this!!
You read Finding Beauty in Quarantine and Random Acts of Kindness. Please follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for daily inspiration. Please share your thoughts and experiences with all of us. Let’s make this a place for sharing how we are passing the time, and how we are coping. Let’s not forget to have hope, humor and practice random acts of kindness. You all are a huge source of comfort to me during this uncharted territory we are navigating. You truly are the best.