Be Kind: Practice Physical Distancing, NOT Social Distancing

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(A video version is available at https://youtu.be/iAtudR0IA-E)

We need to show and receive kindness now more than ever. The first point is going to explain the title and why I made this. Second, I will talk about showing kindness. Third, give you some kindness challenges.

Why this title and this post?

“Be Kind: Practice Physical Distancing, NOT Social Distancing” and why I made it was inspired by one of my dear Extrovert friends. Awhile back I saw a Facebook post that read. “How about we call it “PHYSICAL” distancing versus “social” distancing? For those of us (extreme) extroverts ….  Friends strengthen our life lines. Check up on people. It’s all about connection & PHYSICAL, NOT social distancing (stoopidest phrase EVER) I’m here for you & we can be here for one another”

Well Said! I totally agree that Social Distancing is a stupid and incorrect phrase!  I have thought about this many times and wanted to encourage people to reach out especially to their extrovert friends and loved ones, and even us introverts could use a little more connection.

The first part of the title “Be kind” is because we need it now more than ever. In addition to being kind to others, we need to remember to be kind to ourselves. A quote from Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Showing kindness

Show kindness by reaching out to people to encourage and support them. Let them know you are thinking of them and how much you care about them and appreciate them. A few kind words can make a big difference. There are so many ways to show kindness, be creative.

These are a few ways to get you started:

  1. Send an encouraging text message
  2. Send a direct message
  3. Write a note, send a card, or email
  4. Go old school, yo, pick up the phone and make a call
  5. Do a private or group video chat or meeting
  6. Send a link to a song or video that you think would help

The next idea might be outside of your comfort zone (I get it).

Quick story: Sunday night I made personalized videos for 2 friends. In one of the videos I was on a roll and in closing I said Love you. I was surprised I said it and was thinking, I hope she doesn’t take it the wrong way. I messaged her about it and loved her response “We all need to spread more love now a days!” This post was made in part to spread more love. This story is to make a point: TELL someone you love them!

Kindness Challenge

I challenge you to do as many of these challenges as you can.

  1. Reach out to at least 3 people in the next 3 days
  2. Tell 2 people that you love them, bonus points if you do it by phone or any type of video
  3. Make a personalized video or audio recording and send it to a friend or family member
  4. Post something encouraging and kind on Facebook
  5. To the non-huggers, when things get back to “normal”, hug 3 of your hugger friends

Summary

Be Kind: Practice Physical Distancing, NOT Social Distancing. Reach out others and show extra kindness and love. I challenge you to get busy and do these kindness challenges.