All News is not Bad News

All News is Not Bad News

Would each person who reads this please post one kindness that one of your neighbors or even a stranger has done for you in this time of great national and world pain and link it to comments on this post? I have had three neighbors call me and say that they were going to Costco and Walmart and offer to shop for me. My housekeeper’s son came at 9 o’clock at night after getting off work to replace the battery in my car and then called the next day to see if there was anything else he could do. Next, please. Let’s show each other that we are not our president and that we are keeping caring and decency alive in the world by our actions.

 

39 thoughts on “All News is not Bad News

  1. slmret

    From my front walk, I look out on about a dozen other townhomes. Four of these homeowners have called me in the last month to ask if I needed anything — one brought me milk, another added my shopping list to her on-line delivery order, and a third made a good offer at a time I didn’t need anything. A second delivery order is expected tomorrow — each of these has helped to minimize the amount of time I spend away from home, and together they have kept me fed for the last month! I will, of course pay each of them for the goods they have brought, and I’ll return the favor when I do get out to shop!
    I’m glad to see the photo of Augustin — how is he doing in this time when his livelihood has been threatened?

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I think he is delivering food. I cooked ahead so much that although I am sick of my own food, I haven’t needed any deliveries. I am so glad you have loving and concerned neighbors!! This is the good part of this horrible time..People drawing together and caring for each other. xo

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      1. slmret

        My shopping list just arrived — all 7 bags of it! One surprise — the store sells some things in bulk, but I didn’t realize that my 5 pounds of flour would arrive in 5 1# baggies! I shouldn’t need to go to the store for at least another 2 weeks, though I may get tired of chicken before it’s all over! What a wonderful neighbor — she separated out the order and brought me exactly what I had asked for! Yes, the coming together is a positive in a world of negatives! It feels a little itke what I remember as I was growing up toward the end of WWII ~ ~

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  2. judyreeveswriter

    Love seeing us all together as we were last fall at our retreat. I have been given three face masks in the last week, each from a different friend, and this morning, my neighbor/landlord brought a freshly brewed Americano to my porch. Thank you, Judy for sharing the love. And the cats.

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  3. sgeoil

    One colleague dropped off some paint so I could paint my windows, another dropped off some Easter baking, I picked up some groceries for a neighbour, a snowbird recently returned in quarantine and I have endless texts from friends and family asking how I am. There is no shortage of kindness in this world, it often just doesn’t get the headlines. How wonderful you are giving it the recognition it is due!

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  5. Carol Carlisle

    My daughter and her husband showed up unannounced this morning with a box of food including eggs. She’s playing Easter bunny for me she’s playing Easter bunny for me now. 🐇🐇.
    Also an unknown neighbor has offered to drop off things. from the hardware store she works at.

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  6. lssattitudeofgratitude

    Such a great idea. I have been overwhelmed with physical and then emotional pain for a few months now. I am working on feeling better in all ways.
    I asked a friend if she could print a pattern I found for face masks for me. I have no printer. She did so and I drove to her house to pick up the pattern. I dropped off some anti-bacterial hand soap I had in my pantry along with a couple of tiny cat beany babies.
    When people take care of each other we all benefit.

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  7. dawnbirdau

    This is a lovely idea Judy.
    My neighbours across the road were in Tasmania when the virus crisis broke. On their return they had to quarantine themselves for 14 days, so strict that the police checked on them at random times. I went across the road the other day to check on them and they told me another neighbour cooked meals every day and left it at their front door including minor every day items, so they were okay.

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  8. Eilene Lyon

    Some friends organized a Zoom happy hour and gave a slide presentation on a long bike tour they did in Europe last fall. We’ll be gathering again later this week for another slide presentation. It helps us not feel so isolated. We live in a rural area, so I get out to walk the dog and sometimes chat with any neighbors who are out. The local recycling center is closed for drop off, so our next door neighbor let us use the remaining space in his bin for pick-up service.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Our recycling is shut down as well and no home pick-up. Kills me to have to throw things away but there are too many wild animals who get into bags left outside, even when I wash everything.

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  9. Christine Goodnough

    Many small groups of singers, quartets and such, have been getting together some evening all over the Conference — especially during the Easter season — to sing Christian songs. These are streamed to nursing homes and others who want to listen. Via computer streaming we’ve enjoyed group songs several evenings this week.

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      1. Christine Goodnough

        A lot of times it’s an individual family — Mennonite people love to sing from youngest to oldest. 🙂 And most places have a rule of “no more than ten”, so a couple of families or a quartet.

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        1. Christine Goodnough

          Sat. I heard of a huge “birthday party” for a woman who turned 90. Folks drove by in their cars, waving streamers, balloons, etc. People are social-distancing, but there’s still opportunity for some interaction, thankfully. 🙂

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  10. Marion Couvillion

    Like your photos my are too many to count. Because I live out here alone, many friends call to ask if I need anything picked up. My nearest neighbors, the Krudops are the best a person could ask for. They not only call but she actually comes by and leaves gumbo and etiffee on my porch when they make a batch they include me in their plans. My neighbor in the other direction also called and he lives alone just as I do, and others down the road. That is an advantage of living outside of town, they naturally look out for each other and I think that this terrible virus may bring back some of our neighborly friendship that so many seem to have lost.

    Thanks far away neighbors too, who also help out by friending us on the internet, helping our shut in loneliness~! Just a “hi, how are you today” means a lot~!

    On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 11:55 AM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: “All News is Not Bad News Would each person who reads > this please post one kindness that one of your neighbors or even a stranger > has done for you in this time of great national and world pain and link it > to comments on this post? I have had three neighbo” >

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I am so glad to hear about the sharing on every front. it’s in time like this that we most need to draw together. It looks like this is what is happening even if not in physical proximity.

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  11. tiffanyarpdaleo

    We live in a great neighborhood, our next-door neighbors picked up some bread for us at Costco, refused to be paid back! There are lots of other examples, I’ve been putting a cheerful new painting in our front window every day, lots of neighbors are making and passing out free face masks to anyone that wants one, and one lady makes small flower bouquets and leaves them out for anyone that wants them!

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  14. Sadje

    You’re absolutely right Judy. Where this crisis has shown us the dark and greedy side of human nature, we are also privileged to see the angles among us. The neighbors who call to ask how we are. The strangers who step out of the way so we could pass, a six feet distance in between. The doctors and health care worker putting their lives at risk to treat others. The list of good deeds and good people is endless.

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