Blursday reigns. Pandemic fatigue set in long ago.
My teenage daughters and I have been fortunate to remain healthy while so much of the world literally shut down around us. Feeling GRATITUDE! Yet, on a daily basis, how to stay safe, make a living, care for isolated loved one’s and make a difference in this time of crisis? Everyone has their own uniquely personal story in navigating the Pandemic. That’s why it’s so fascinating. Our shared collective experience is the common denominator from this once in a century global event.
Literally everyone, everywhere, worldwide has been impacted.
Breathing! There’s been so much attention on this most basic and essential bodily function. In this pandemic darkness there remains light. So many make heroic acts large and small in the midst of tragedy and threat. Seismic shifts everywhere. Political polarization, climate change, racial inequality, and so many of societal ills—all coming to the fore. How do we tend to one’s emotional well-being and physical health in the acute uncertainty of each day? Inhale! Can we breathe this air, touch that surface, hug loved ones. Can we trust the media, our government and leaders?
Stressful and scary, real and perceived. It remains overwhelming. Exhale.
While feeling helpless to make a meaningful difference early in the pandemic, the cavalry arrived. My 12-year-old daughter, Cassie, embarked on her Bat Mitzvah training and selected a Mitzvah (good deed) project. She wanted the project to capture the moment, and it captivated her older sister Lexi and me. Through simple acts of kindness, she reminded us how every individual can make an impact. It doesn’t have to be on a large scale.
Cassie is creative, kind, and very private. She stretched out of her comfort zone and sought to combine her passion for painting with making connections. She chose to work with seniors in our community; people who tend to be more isolated, especially during the pandemic.
By painting Kindness Rocks for—and with—seniors, she made new heartfelt connections and spread joy.
I’m so proud of Cassie's compassionate intention and vision and how our new family adventure became three dimensional.
Photographing our experience through my Story360 approach offered another means of trusting, engaging, creating and sharing beauty. That is my personal life’s mission.
Stay tuned for more.