A Pandemic of Kindness

A very warm hello to you,

I was down to my last roll of toilet paper. When I tried to order some from my usual online supplier there was none left. Each time I stroll through the supermarket, all I can see is gleaming metal shelves formerly groaning with the soft stuff now empty except for a forlorn note that says that supplies have sold out. When I mentioned my situation to a friend, rather than berate me or laugh at me he went to his own supply, not abundant by any means, and gifted me a couple of his own precious rolls. We live in a funny world when sharing loopaper is an act of kindness but here we are. Other reports of acts of kindness are coming in. Neighbours who have never said more than a hello to each other checking in across the fence how things are going. Elderly people in self-isolation now no longer able to receive groceries through online shopping are being cared for by near ones leaving groceries on their doorsteps. Young mums connecting online to encourage and support each other. The list goes on. So far, by and large, we have done well as a community; we are adjusting and adapting with goodwill and in the spirit of kindness.


Kindness seeds calm; when we know we look out for one another in times of uncertainty we can relax a little. The ease comes from receiving but also from giving. I have started a list with the heading: how can I help? This pro-active intention helps me feel part of the solution, rather than being overwhelmed by the fear that seems to underpin so much of the conversation, private and public.

At Well for Life, we are keeping calm and continuing to offer therapy, some face to face while the government instructions allow us to remain open, some online. If you feel distressed, please reach out and we’ll do what we can to support you. If you can’t get hold of us please contact: Lifeline 13 11 14; Mental Health Telephone Access Line(24 hrs) 1800 011 511, Mens Line 1300 789 978 or one of the other crisis support services.

Personally, I am doing very many things to stay strong in mind and body; one thing I have added is joining two Australian Theravadan monks, Bhante Sujato and Bhante Akaliko in their live mediation sessions offered three times a day called: 717 (7am/1pm/7pm). As an act of kindness, the monks are offering these sessions in particular to support us at this time and foster a sense of community. https://www.youtube.com/user/dhammanet

Wishing you so very well. May you walk the path of inner peace.