“Alone I am but one tree, but together we are a forest.” ~jummyjeenz
Here are the first two submission for this collaborative project. We are collectively reaching out to spread positive energy and beauty within these trying times far and wide. Keep sending your uplifting stories, pictures, poems, videos, or just hopeful thoughts! I’m a strong believer in the power of community and with love anything is possible. If you don’t have photos I will connect photos to your words.
Together we’ll Rise Up!
“There is no power for change greater than community discovering what it cares about.” ~Margaret J. Wheatley
To submit something beautiful to share: Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
(subject line: Community, tribe, hive)
~Cheryl B. Perreault, Hopkinton MA
A friend recently shared an article published in The Wall Street Journal indicating that amidst tragic time of pandemic, the snowdrops are still showing up in the US, Europe and other parts of the world as they transition from the harshness of unpredictable weathers of winter months into new growth that comes in the Spring. When I began writing poetry in my late 30s, I remembered how much I loved to get up close to the snowdrops in my mother’s garden as a child. I felt like they were teaching me about Spring and it’s soon-coming promises of new-growth and transformation. May the snowdrops continue their good teaching for us all.
Poetry & music by: Cheryl B. Perreault and Steve Rapson
“Correct what you can, learn from what you can’t.” ~Toni Morrison
~Anonymous, Hopkinton MA
Saturday, March 21, 2020.
Early morning. I wore my disposable gloves and began my secret mission: spread happiness in my neighborhood. I have 124 notes in my pocket, printed in different bright colors. I will put them in all the mailboxes around me.
The roads were empty in total silence. Ghost town. A police car crosses the street. I hide the cards. Between the smiley face on the top and a heart in the bottom, the words in the note reveal my caring secret:
We’re all stuck at home,
keeping our distance from others.
Doing our bit to keep our families and the world healthy.
Stay positive! Be strong!
We are all in this together!
Take care of yourself and your family!
Sending love and health,
In light of the Corona virus pandemic, the idea of sharing a note maybe can bring us together, as family and community, to focus on practicing gratitude, kindness, love, and compassion.
Later in that day, I saw a post on my neighborhood Facebook page:
“Thank you so much to the kind neighbor, whoever you are, who left this in the mailbox! It provided some much-needed cheer and encouragement! 😇 “
If I made one person happy, that truly made my day. Deep in my heart I just wanted to do something for people.
We are all in this together!
“Small acts when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world.” ~Howard Zinn