This post is sponsored by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, but all the opinions are my own.
As we look at COVID data, it’s easy to get discouraged about the state of our world. The pandemic has no doubt shaped how we live, work, and even how we relate to each other. 2020 was a tough year but we have all heard of or experienced acts of kindness in many different ways.
A few weeks ago when my husband and I were getting ready to pay our bill at a fast-food drive-thru, we were told that the young gentleman in the car right in front of us had paid our bill. It made that gloomy and snowy Michigan winter day so much brighter and warmer for us. Last week, we finally found a chance to do the same for the car behind us. 2020 was not all doom and gloom. In the midst of troubled times, we saw extraordinary displays of courage, compassion, generosity and grit in everyday actions.
Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to brighten up someone else’s day. At the same time though, we need to pay attention to not become a “random act of harm” to others.
What do I mean by becoming a “random act of harm” to others?
You might feel healthy, but the reality is that about 40% of people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic.
- That means almost one out of every two people could be infected.
- They might not know it until it is too late for you.
- A mild illness for one person, could be life-threatening for someone else.
I had some young family members who got COVID-19 and they just had mild cases. There were other people in my life that got COVID, were in the hospital for weeks fighting for their lives and eventually lost the battle to COVID. COVID is very real and believe it or not, COVID is part of our lives now! No one can escape from it!
For me, on the one hand I am very grateful that I am still alive and healthy, and on the other hand, I realize how important it is to do my part to not spread COVID by accident. The best way to avoid harming others is to wear a mask in public indoor places and crowded outdoor spaces. Until everyone gets the vaccine, masking up and continuing to stay 6 feet apart from others is our best chance to avoid spreading the virus.
While there are a lot of things we can’t do right now, there are still some important things that we can do to speed up the return to our normal lives!
This pandemic has changed our way of life and has tried to threaten our freedom to live, work and follow the American Dream. To regain our freedom, we must all do our part by exercising our right to do what’s right for America and for each other. The only way we are going to regain our freedom, to get our jobs and economy back, to see our kids play sports, to gather together with friends and family, and to live the life we want, is if we rally together. While masks alone may not always prevent the spread of the disease, scientists and doctors agree that masks and face coverings can help to reduce the spread of COVID by about 70%.
Two years ago, I did a 3 day walk to benefit breast cancer funding and awareness. I remember many people clapping their hands and cheering for us. It felt like we were heroes. I told my teammate that I never knew simply walking could make us heroes! I feel the same way now and believe that simply wearing a mask makes us all heroes! Our sacrifice of inconvenience can save people’s lives! We may never know how many lives we have helped save by not spreading COVID, but we do know that we have done our part and enjoy our peace of mind!
No matter how we have been individually affected by COVID-19, we all want to get Michigan back to work and our economy fully reopened and moving forward. In many ways, COVID-19 has robbed us of memories, opportunities and our time. Yet there is something it can never take away and that is hope.
Let’s all spread hope, not COVID! To learn more from The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, click here.