We’re living through strange and unprecedented times. Many of us are worrying about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our loved ones, our own health, our employment and our finances. And with the lockdown in many parts of the world many of us can’t see family and friends for the foreseeable future. Not surprisingly, we might be feeling a bit blue…
What can we do to cheers up ourselves and others around you?
Here are a few ideas for staying positive during this unsettling time:
Join the Teddy Bear Hunt in your neighbourhood. Prop a teddy bear from a window of your home (or car), visible from the road so little kids (and not-so-little adults)could play teddy bear spotting when they go for walks with their families around the neighbourhood
Don’t have a teddy bear at home? Make rainbows or display any other colourful drawings and positive messages on your windows.
A smile is quite a funny thing It wrinkles up your face And when it’s gone, you’ll never find Its secret hiding place But far more wonderful it is To see what smiles can do You smile at one, she smiles at you And so one smile makes two
He smiles at someone, since you smile And then that one smiles back And that one smile smiles until in truth You fail in keeping track And since a smile can do great good By cheering hearts of care Let’s smile and not forget the fact That smiles go everywhere
I saw a beautiful man today He wasn’t much to look at But his smile revealed his soul And once I’d caught a glimpse I didn’t want to let it go
I glanced back, but afraid He might misunderstand my gaze I kept my eyes down Disguised my curiosity with a frown Didn’t want him to misread my desire to understand as lust When it was anything but
Unfazed, he returned my gaze His eyes brimming with joy At what I don’t know But I got caught up in this flow As he re-entered the crowd Shoulders back, head bowed
Stunned by the serenity That began to infuse me I too started to smile And, after a while I noticed others responded in kind Well, those who didn’t mind…
Others were bemused by this And shrank back almost as though I’d moved in for a kiss Or more… Perhaps they were reacting to me as I had to that beautiful man, before
But there was no holding my joy behind a frown My shoulders back, I did not drop my head down I walked tall Wanting to share this feeling, no longer concerned I didn’t understand Its source or its meaning I didn’t need to
Its purpose was clear It’s the meaning of life It’s why we’re all here
To share our love when it overflows So that we have something soft to land on when drowning in woe Those days when managing a smile is nothing short of courageous
On the days you do it without thinking… Remember your joy can be contagious.
“Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.”
Try to calm your mind when you feel agitated. Mentally, take a step back and watch your mind, as if looking at someone else’s mind.Try to watch your thoughts during the day, as if they are not yours, without being sucked into them. Become conscious of the fact that you are watching your thoughts.