What did I do during the Covid-19 pandemic?
Below is a short video of Portland, Maine residents who helped each other through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Often examples of small actions by the guy down the street or the woman across town are those that turn out to be the most meaningful without our even realizing it. Extraordinary in their ordinariness, they touch people in ways that comfort both the receiver and the giver.
A pianist opens her windows while practicing; a group of friends puts together a public memorial; people create art, take sunrise photographs, try recipes, sew masks. Even more they share their techniques and experiences with their families, friends, and strangers. Above is a short film of some of these projects.
You can do things like this as well and it doesn’t take internet access. Make a collage, write, or draw something and display it in your window or outdoors. Bake and give some to a neighbor. You never know whose feelings will be lifted. Maybe yours.
If you’d like further ideas and resources, look for The UnLonely Project online: https://www.artandhealing.org. Especially check out the tab for Stuck At Home (Together).
No matter our age or station in life, we can all use a boost to keep us steady and ready for the challenges ahead, when the pandemic is well and truly over. Until then, please, heed the posters and banners: we’ve come this far, Stay the Course.
StaytheCourse.me – City of Portland, Maine’s Covid-19 pandemic information