Hope of charity

Today the UK government has pledged a £170 million rescue package for charities. And as someone who works for a local charity, I am thrilled. But more than this, I am heartened because the government has highlighted the wonderful works of carers, charities such as Sue Ryder, hospices and wonderful organisations like Age UK.

‘More than ever we need one another’ said the chancellor. And that is so very true. We need to speak to one another, we need to do shopping, we need to call one another, we need to check in. We need the to care enough to keep the rules and stay at home.

There is a well known saying that ‘charity begins at home’. And it does, more than ever before. Charity starts by keeping inside so we don’t infect others or become infected. And charity can be just watching out for our neighbours and being kind within our locked down households.

The definition of kindness is: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate’. While we are in hibernation, we can be those things and show kindness in our homes. We can do many things to keep one another’s spirits up.

Today I had a really difficult start. I was really struggling to feel happy. I have been really upbeat most of the time and I crashed. And my dear mum said ‘I think going for a walk will cheer you up’. It was the last thing in the world I felt like doing. But my lovely mum knows me better than I know myself. So, as I walked along, the sun started singing to my dampened soul and emotional pain gradually began to lift, like a mist. I think my mum knows me better than I know myself. And that dear readers, is an example of kindness. And it shows we need one another. A simple act like that helped me through the rest of the day and I don’t feel quite so awful as I write this.

So today’s recipe of hope is to meditate on kindness and think of a way of being kind. If you are alone, then consider calling someone. If you are with others, make them a meal, or bake a cake and share it. Write a letter, write a poem or sing a song online likje the wonderful family Von Coronavirus Trapp (I can’t remember their real name, but I am sure you know who I mean!) And if you are mentally unwell today is the day to be kind to yourself. Write a list of things you like about yourself, even if it just says I keep alive no matter how bad life gets.

I celebrate all of you wonderful people today X

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