As I arrive at my destination, there sits isolated on a red mesh bench, my takeout order. I put on my mask, walk up to this little piece of outdoor furniture cradling my order and something catches my attention. It is my name in black marker with the presence of a “smiley face” on the receipt.
This small gesture immediately makes me ask the question, “Are we all really wearing smiles behind the masks as we navigate our strange new world?” My response to this, based on my own personal experience this past week, would be a resounding no.
Impatience, fear and uncertainty seem to have taken a more prominent position in the minds of people that have crossed my path lately. Isolation still exists in our area, and during these difficult times, we must challenge ourselves to rise higher, by demonstrating greater empathy and kindness towards one another, not less.
This seems like an insurmountable task when faced with fears that are all too real. Individuals are being tested every day for this dreaded disease, but at the same time, so is their faith and resiliency.
I take a final glimpse at that little happy face and promise myself not to lose sight of a very simple fact. A little extra dose of kindness goes a long way in a world that is still trying to get back on its feet.