It is not surprising that any mention of the global COVID-19 pandemic hits and emotional note with many people.
Whether it triggers health concerns, sadness about being separated from friends and loved ones, financial worry or uncertainty about the future - the pandemic can hit a personal chord with most people.
Last week I touched on this in my opinion piece with a message to all to be kind to each other. In that newsletter I suggested a few ways in which we could all share a little kindness.
I have also mentioned the value of stepping outside and going for a walk to boost your sense of wellbeing in several newsletters from the past. It is something I do every day and I am convinced it is my key to maintaining a positive attitude regardless of circumstances.
Well in the last week my enjoyment of the daily walk has been met with kindness in the form of chalk art messages along one of the paths I often follow.
This form of kindness became a bit of a hit across the country at the height of the first nation-wide lockdown. It was inspired by the Facebook group, Rainbow Trail Australia, launched on March 21, 2020 and encouraging colourful chalk artworks across the country to "spread some joy" during tough times.
Such artworks became commonplace on the paths I followed on my daily walks during the first lockdown and always made me smile and recognise that we are not alone in this pandemic.
The same applied with the latest collection of chalk messages by some kind-hearted person keen to spread a little cheer.
'You are precious', 'It will be ok', 'Let ur light shine - smile', 'look up God's got you' were just some of the messages written on the path. Each one was complete with a chalk outline of a love heart or flower.
They weren't meant for me specifically, they were meant for anyone who passed by.
They were messages that resonated and made me want to share with others who don't follow the same walking path as I do, but might need to know that kind hearted people are out there thinking of others.
What is something you can do to spread a little kindness?
Stay strong and kind.
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