I have noticed something lately, and it’s not a negative thing and definitely deserves attention. During these strange times, it’s obvious how negative stories can dominate headlines, because apparently that is the news. Yet right in front of all of us are real acts of kindness, heart, and compassion.
I am seeing true American ingenuity. For example, several of our fitness experts and gym owners like Dion Sgro, Mariah Prussia, and April Imholte are providing online workouts for people to do in their homes. I am seeing parents teaching their children about cooking, conserving resources, and using technology to teach their children who are currently at home due to this situation. People like Rozalyn Howery taking her children on virtual tours of many places in the world through the internet and reading books.
Our small businesses, like restaurants are offering carryout services. These Americans are still there, still serving our communities.
Even social clubs are encouraging online groups to help maintain some socialization. It’s different, but allows some level of interaction and a breath of normal.
American resilience and ingenuity has always prevailed, and always will. We can take a lesson from those like Teresa Terry who understand the gravity of these times, but know how to find the best in not only the situation, but their fellow Americans, encouraging people to remember compassion.
People like Dave Jopp who encourage music and keep people entertained through radio.
People like Sandy Zok who offer their expertise to those who may need some type of social service.
People like Josh Kehr, who continues to play excellent music and offers help to those who may need deliveries or anything else.
These are just a small sample of the positive things happening during this time.
In the end, this virus, like any other virus or crisis, does not discriminate against your skin color, past, present, ethnicity, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. In the end, we will prevail as we always have. In the end, we are all still human. Be kind and compassionate to those most vulnerable in our society.
Reach out should you need help, it is out there. Support your local small businesses, neighbors, and friends. Thank you for being a great American.