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Philosophy

Ways to Improve Life during the Year of Covid

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless, diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples to build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy
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The ripples that might build a current

Are you wanting to find more peace and contentment in your life, in this the year of instability?

Giving and assisting others is one way in which you can make people’s lives better and simultaneously feel a sense of satisfaction, achievement and contentment.

If you want to make a difference in your own world, start with the world around you.

If making a difference, all at once, seems a too tall an order or impossible for you, or the process of trying too stressful, consider that we can instantly make a difference, fairly easily. 

Start by focusing on one person at a time – maybe that is the person closest to you.

When we don’t have time or cannot visit elderly relatives or neighbours because of work or Covid constraints, or even personal inclination – (a lack of interesting conversation), a small note, text message or phone call will always be welcomed by them.

Spread loving thoughts to cherished ones.

It is all too easy to assume family members are going to be there for us and thus, we might forget to make any kind of effort towards them. Ironically, those relationships are the ones we often need to nurture the most.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Humanity

  • Pay it forward – pay for the next person’s coffee in the queue, without expecting anything in return.
  • Donate to a charity something that you value – something that might bring joy to someone in unfortunate circumstances.
  • Give a homeless person, a home-baked treat or a fresh meal, a warm coat or bag of toiletries.
  • Help out at an animal shelter for a day or a week. Animals are incredible healers of the human spirit.
  • Smile at each person you met in a genuine time considered way – (being cognizant of cultural and social norms).

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You do not need to convince anyone, only yourself.

Break Down Goals into Smaller Pieces

Always useful is the tip to break down seemingly impossible tasks or goals into baby steps, and work steadily towards your goal. This is a great life skill and a way to move forward when negative feelings overwhelm us.

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If you make one person smile, or laugh, even just for a moment, their smile just might make others smile too.  In this subtle way, you can touch the masses with thoughtfulness.

Aim to make a bunch of small splashes, and let the ripples spread naturally. 

If you want to change another person’s mind or mood, you might have to change a little of yourself, at first and then work on enhancing the environment and the people around you.

24 thoughts on “Ways to Improve Life during the Year of Covid”

    1. There has been plenty of time for thinking, during the pandemic, Lisa.
      Kindness is a source of grear comfort in difficult times.
      Thanks for your comment. I wasn’t sure anyone was listening!

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  1. Great advice, Amanda. It helps to focus on the positive during these scary and challenging times. Kindness must be the baseline for all our interactions. I love the Emerson quote which is similar to one of my all-time favorite quotes by him which begins: “To laugh often and much…”

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    1. Thanks for the visit Jane. I think a lot of folks are searching for their true purpose in life. Some don’t even know that is what they are searching for – interpreting feelings as discontentment or boredom. With many of our basic needs being met, (with the exception of Covid), some might wallow around in the despair without definitive direction. A whole ‘faculty’ is now dedicated to leisure therapy and recreation at University. Teaching us how best to utilize our downtime. Together, your favourite Emerson quote and the one listed here provide wisdoms that support us and might help clarify our goals and in doing so, our level of enjoyment from life.

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  2. Good post and now is the opportunity to show our humanness. We can alleviate the stress by staying in contact with as many as possible. Just make the extra call or send the email. These are difficult times.

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    1. Thanks, Gerard. I appreciate the comment. Especially as you are one of the ones that would feel it the most, being a single household. Despite having much to complain about, you err on the side of spreading kind humanness! It engendered a feeling of solidarity to hear that.

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  3. Hello Amanda, I really enjoyed this post a lot. Fantastic quotes by Robert F. Kennedy and Emerson, they both truly resonate with me. I also really appreciate your practical suggestions on how to create those positive ripple-effects that Kennedy is referring to. It´s all about being the change we want to see in the world, isn´t it? Thank you for this beautiful post!:)

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Maria Elena. The Kennedy quote I thought was profound and absolutely agree that we have to be the change we want to see in the world, starting with the small microcosm around us and working outwards. It is all about finding positives and focusing and minimising the negatives. Sometimes the thought of starting feels so overwhelming we put it aside. Starting small is a way to get the ball rolling. I am now about to see your video interview as another blogger and I are planning an interview series soon too. (not via video, though).

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      1. You are welcome, Amanda! I appreciate your insightful posts:) How exciting that you are about to do an interview series as well. I am looking forward to finding out more! Yes to finding positives and starting small. Thanks for being the change!

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