Love has a way of pushing fear, motivation, the past, and pain to the side. It tells us to get up and reach out with care. This is why Love can seem scary, especially to those of us who are afraid to get too vulnerable or uncomfortable. For me, my ability to love can change with the season (even within the hour), but I am always looking to love and hope for guidance when caught at an impasse.
From Mr. Rogers’ mother, this piece of wisdom “look for the helpers” is a call to action. Love is an action.
- Where are the people helping? Health care providers, parents, teachers, nurses, doctors, grocery store clerks, gas station attendants, etc.
- How can we be part of the solution? Stay home! Wash your hands! Avoid touching your face!
Yesterday, it was holding my aunt’s bandage down as she wrapped her healing, post-surgery foot. And washing my hands. I’m not asking for a medal of honor here. Nor do I need any praise for doing the dishes after someone cooks me a meal. I do it because I love. When I look for the helpers, I think of the ways they are being a part of the solution, and I keep these things in mind:
- How can I help in my own small ways at home, and in the world?
- Who can I reach out to? Where can I put my money, my time, my love?
– Words from: Sophie L Thunberg
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” Fred Rogers.
Video of Fred Rogers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LGHtc_D328
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