Let’s Make the Next Pandemic be Kindness

Dear Reader:

I was thinking the other day that the best thing to come out of the pandemic has been the abundance of kindness I have felt in my daily life that I didn’t experience as much before the virus hit. Equally important is the amazing gift of a lowcountry spring in bloom.

Could this be a lasting blessing from an otherwise tragic year? Could kindness be the next pandemic?

Have we as a whole grown more feeling, caring, compassionate and kind because of our shared suffering that transcends even political philosophies? Hopefully I say “YES!”

Kindness is exponential… one single good act creates another kind act and so on and so on…like a virus kindness can spread throughout our homes, neighborhoods, communities, states, and finally country. (In fact the world!)

Edward Grinnan (Positive Living) has explored of all these possibilities of a lasting blessing.

“For the virus the threshold was five percent. Can it also be true that if just five percent of the population shows intentional kindness to others that it too could could become the catalyst for change? A way for us to move forward? To find unity and become spiritually fit?”

Haven’t we done good deeds or provided smiles and/or bottles of water for front-line helpers, UPS and Fed Ex drivers?Doodle has a decorated basket of assorted chip bags by her front door thanking all types of deliverers and telling them to help themselves.

Many of us know names of neighbors we didn’t before, share meals, drop off mail to others, know first names of bank tellers, grocery cashiers, mail carriers, waiters and waitresses, take flowers to others, run errands for those who can’t…..kindness is all around us.

So until tomorrow…Let’s start a pandemic of kindness where the only shots required are shots of generosity, compassion, love, and kindness!

“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

A little late but Lachlan…our St. Paddy’s boy had a great Star Wars birthday!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Let’s Make the Next Pandemic be Kindness

  1. Rachel Edwards says:



  2. Becky Dingle says:

    Thank you for your kindness Gin-g now and always.


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