I love this photo of Josephine Baker tending to her garden. This weekend, I’m going to mentally work myself into this place. Sometime this summer, me and the leaves… what a dream. Until then, lets get inspired to tend to our communities…our garden. Will you join me?
Anja, came up with these ways that I thought I’d share today:
- Don’t freak yourself and everyone out. Stroking the flames of panic when we have no ideas of what’s actually happening isn’t helpful.
- Need to control? Understood. Do so by connecting with your community to develop a plan in case schools, work, or whatever shuts down or you need something. I love the Nextdoor app, and have been blown away by how people in my community are already running errands, offering to buy food and other things for immuno-compromised folks.
- No hoarding. Hoarding only hurts others who may need supplies. This includes money. Shop local, dine local, and help your neighbors.
- Schools still on? Help clean it. Offer to disinfect your classroom supplies, desks or other things.
- Think about your effect on others, not everyone’s effect on you. Flights look great right about now, but booking a $100 ticket to the Bahamas could mean also infecting mass amounts of people. Stay grounded. Hold tight. It’s just a bump in the road.
If you think about it, we can truly relearn the definition of community (that we may have been neglecting via social media, work etc) in this moment. Wouldn’t such an opportunity be wonderful? Isn’t that powerful?
Thank you Anja for writing this tips with me. If you have anything else to share on the community front, please do. See you here next week! Stay cozy. Start tending.
“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”― Gwendolyn Brooks
(Photo via Land Of Women)
Thank you for this! Keeping it positive as a school teacher. Lots of songs, joyful moments and of course tons of hand washing. I gave away some extra fruit to a family I know could use it. I plan to call my elderly neighbor and see if she needs anything.
So perfect!! Thank you so much for all you do!
Love the reminder to use this strange time as an opportunity to help each other out! We will be sending cards to residents, including our Grandmom, at our local nursing homes who are not currently accepting visitors!