2020 will be remembered as the year of The Pandemic, COVID-19. The beginning of a new decade saw our lives turned upside down as we adjusted to lock down, social distancing, food shortages and COVID testing – even scuffles over toilet paper! For many, including here in Australia in the state of Victoria, a second wave came through just when we thought it was safe to emerge from our homes and bring some normality back to our lives.
Feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, anger, selfishness and greed have been brought to the forefront. Being in isolation has affected some more than others. Being cut off from family and friends for months, the inability to work for some job losses, the panic of wondering if you had symptoms or not and whether you should be tested or not, plus those who actually contracted COVID-19 has had a negative impact on everyone, worldwide. Not to mention the increasing numbers of deaths.
But despite the negativity and difficulty there has been still bright lights of positivity for us to be drawn to. I felt uplifted then when I read of a new pandemic which also started earlier this year but perhaps hasn’t gained as much media attention as COVID.
What is it?
The Kindness Pandemic
was established on 14th March, 2020 by Dr Catherine Barrett, to support people who lives are impacted by COVID19. The group grew to 500,000+ members in two weeks. Kindness wont make Coronavirus go away, but it is making many people’s lives easier and more rewarding. The Kindness Pandemic is underpinned by principles of Intersectional Kindness, or how we look out for people who are marginalised before COVID19 and those who have become marginalised or experiencing new hardships because of COVID19. The Kindness Pandemic calls for action to improve the lives of others, particularly those who are marginalised and oppressed. We focus solely on action to create change because it can transform what people are experiencing right now.taken from the Kindness Pandemic website
The Anatomy of Kindness
Through the Kindness Pandemic website I found the Anatomy of Kindness which included:
- Intersectional Kindness – reaching out to others, despite our differences to understand what others experience and to work towards addressing inequalities
- Loud Kindness – sharing your acts of kindness, not to boast but to motivate and inspire others
- the Power of Kindness – to transform lives and promote acts of kindness to others
- You can Read more about the Anatomy of Kindness here.
Over the years, I’ve written several posts about Kindness including:
and even extending kindness to ourselves in the recent Women Living Well After 50 podcast Learning to become your own best friend with guest in Conversation Leanne from Cresting the Hill
So whilst 2020 is a year we may wish to forget we can still do something to make our world and those around us a little brighter.