A blog by Marjorie Pierce, LICSW, MBA and the Director of Operations for Achieve TMS East. She has her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University. She has 20+ years of experience in Behavioral Health.
It is easy, with so much uncertainty and fear all around us, to feel a sense of gloom and doom or a heightened sense of anxiety – or even both. We are all creatures of habit and many of us have our routines, or in general, have a familiar sense of how our days will unfold. If you pay close attention to social media and the news, ninety percent of what you take in exacerbates the feelings I described above. Sometimes it can make you question whether there are good things happening in the world and even worse, make you question humanity.
I am going to put on blast that yes, there are good things happening and our humanity is intact. You can see this exhibited the most in the actions of people. The power of kindness is all around us but you have to make sure to look for it and participate in it. Like all actions, kindness is not passive. It takes thought, intent, and delivery. The dependable thing about kindness is that whether you are the giver, the receiver, or the observer – it makes you feel good or maybe a little lighter. Kindness is an action. It is born out of a sense of empathy or an ability and desire to think outside of yourself.
During this pandemic, many of us have been forced into isolation leading to more time and possibly fewer distractions. If you are paying attention to the world around you, there are kind acts occurring everywhere. The ultimate kind and selfless acts are those of the people on the frontlines – healthcare providers, first responders, grocery store clerks, etc. We see companies and individuals making personal protective gear for the frontline staff, friends and family. We see people staffing food pantries and delivering food to people in need. We see teachers and parents working together to educate their children. We see mental health providers continuing to provide important services through telehealth to people who are struggling with emotional difficulties and increased stress. We see neighbors reaching out to neighbors to assist in helping in any way they can. There is something that happens in dark and difficult times that shows the light and goodness in humanity. We are all witnesses to that now, in this moment.
I hope that you will take this opportunity to be an observer, a giver, and/or a receiver of kind actions. It can be as simple as writing a note and dropping it in the mail for a friend or picking up a few items at the store for an elderly neighbor. It can be paying attention to posts on social media about nice things people are doing for others. It can be accepting a kind action that someone does for you without a sense of guilt or obligation when receiving it. Let the light and kindness be part of each of your days. And maybe, just maybe, we will all feel a little better for it now and in the days to come.