social isolation

Day 6 – 52 Good Things

How did today go for you?

Here are a few more good things. I can’t wait to see what good you’ve got happening in your homes, on your screens, and in your connections. Even STILL.

As a reminder, send me a note with the good in your world at 52beautifulthings at gmail dot com or a DM on Instagram. Keep em’ comin.


32. Netflix Party – try it! – netflixparty.com (submitted by Katie M.)

33. Talked for three hours on WhatsApp, Google Hang Out and a Good Old Fashioned phone call. I never spend three hours talking to friends each day. Be intentional. Make a call.

34. Make-shift wreaths from branches in the front yard

35. Healthy food and ovens to cook them in.

36. Simmer pots – currently on the stove I’m simmering peppermint oil, a piece of pine, a cinnamon stick, and ginger. It smells lovely.

37. Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers – This article claims it will “Make You Feel Less Bad” (Submitted by Katie M)

38. You can also apparently FaceTime chat with up to 32 people (submitted by Katie M)

39. Friends who get engaged

40. People working at grocery stores, gas stations, and as delivery drivers.

52 Good Things

Here we are.

In times unprecedented, checking our phones, our screens, the constant news streams.

I know it’s scary right now. Uncertain. Unclear.

I’ve been holding tight and sitting on my fingertips for fear of typing something ignorant. I don’t know how the details of this pandemic are affecting the multitudes of us working from couches, those not working, those wondering how this will rip everything apart.

I do not want to trigger, or isolate, or add to the hurt.

I’ve got my Christian memorization ringing through my ears and think, rather begrudgingly, on Psalm 118:24: This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

How can we be rejoicing when things seem to be locking down at each moment?

I’m called again, in whispers, to remember the choices we make when things seem the bleakest are opportunities for our wondering souls. What we focus on, while not ignoring painful realities, makes or breaks our spirits.

In conversations with friends and co-workers and texts and Instagram conversations, I’m reminded to look for the good.

For the foreseeable future, I’ll be sharing roundups of encouragement, joy, connection, and heartwarming examples of the human spirit. I’m also asking you to pay-it-forward. Please send me an email at 52beautifulthings at gmail dot com and I’ll share your examples here too. Let’s start something big – a record of kindness – an inventory of good in these next few weeks. Let’s see how many lists of 52 Good Things we can come up with.

52 Good things

Here are my ideas today:

  1. Write a card to a nurse in your life. Say thank you for their service and sacrifice.

2. Buy an online gift card from a small business. Use it later this summer.

3. This guy is encouraging folks to log on and learn how to Doodle at 1 pm every day.

4.This woman is giving away eggs to those who need it.

5. Share a roll of toilet paper. Throw it over your neighbor’s fence. Make sure to tape the end first.

Whatcha got?