Be the Light
Amidst a flurry [or more accurately, a snowpocalypse] of social media posts that share the fear, the ones that shine the brightest are from people who are reaching out to help others. These people are what we call ‘lightworkers’.
Before you say, “Um, no, Susan,” and eye roll, stick with me here. I imagine not everyone reading this identifies with us spiritual folks who embrace the woo-woo.
Let’s set the record straight. The most common definition of LIGHTWORKER simply means SOMEONE WHO HAS AN ENORMOUS DRAW TO HELP OTHERS.
It’s what Fred Rogers was talking about when he said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
If there’s ever been ever a time, now stands out as a perfect opportunity to be a helper.
I’ve been inspired by many people who have stepped up, so I wanted to share some ideas on what you can do to help:
– Organize and promote the helpers. Create a post on social media bulletin boards sharing a Google Doc where people can sign up to run errands, pick up and deliver groceries, etc. for high risk neighbors who can’t get out of the house for health reasons. Then tell everyone you know about it.
– Donate blood. The Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to mass donor cancellations during the coronavirus outbreak. Please help rebuild their reserves.
– Support your local Food Bank and Homeless organizations. Donate food, money and offer to volunteer. With so many folks losing their income due to the shutdown of non-essential businesses and school closures, there are significant food shortages and loss of housing. Every little bit helps.
– Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to your local hospital and medical centers. They are running low on N95 respirator masks, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and liquids, soaps, goggles and disposable gloves. If you have an abundance of any of these items in your home or see some at the store, your area hospital could really use them. Look up what hospitals need them and help get them listed here: https://getusppe.org/register/
– Buy gifts cards and order take out from local restaurants and bars to help keep them afloat. Millions of restaurants and bars have been affected and many of these have moved to providing to-go services only. Your nominal cash infusion to your favorite places can help them weather the storm.
– Reach out to everyone you know who lives alone. Many states have instituted quarantines making some single folks feel more vulnerable and isolated. It would mean the world to them to hear from you so they know they are not alone in this.
– Show your gratitude. Healthcare, grocery store, pharmacy, first responders, sanitation workers and others are putting their lives on the line to help us all in one way or another. Whether a kind word or a cup of coffee, a little gratitude goes a long way.
If you have more ideas, please feel free to comment and I’ll add them to this list.