May 22, 2020

"Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering.  Not a career.  Not wealth.  Not intelligence.  Certainly not status.  We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity." -- Audrey Hepburn

We're all facing difficulties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic;  however, some groups of individuals are experiencing these difficulties more profoundly.  In fact, these individuals typically experience hardships more profoundly than the rest of the general population, and the pandemic has only made matters worse for them.

I usually have a goal that I want to accomplish when I publish a post, and my goal for this one is simple:  to inspire you, reader, to have some empathy for the individuals who are struggling now, who are always struggling.

Each of the nonprofit organizations listed below has a mission to help those who need help the most.  Most of them have a 4-star rating (the highest rating) on Charity Navigator, so you can rest assured that these organizations are not relying upon lofty words alone.


April 8, 2020

Long time, no see!  So much has changed in the world since I last posted--most notably, COVID-19 has spiraled into a pandemic that has impacted all of us in one way or another.

Before I delve into this post, I want to say thank you to the healthcare workers, researchers, policy makers, restaurant workers, store workers, delivery workers, and many others who are on the front lines, tirelessly working to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to help others in need of medical care, food, and supplies.  You are truly what has kept the world functioning to this point, and I am so grateful for your bravery and compassion.

To all those who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19:  to those who know people suffering from the disease or who are suffering themselves, to those who are struggling financially, to those whose mental health has been shaken:  I am so sorry.  Please don't feel guilty for feeling sad, or lonely, or hopeless;  your feelings are valid.  Please, remember that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can't see it yet.

With that being said, many people have found themselves with newfound free time, and sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with it.  It's tempting to sit and dwell on the state of the world for hours, but that typically doesn't do wonders for your mental health.  Here are some alternatives:

1. Read a book:  an old favorite, one that you never quite finished, a new e-book, etc.

2. Make a list of charities that you want to donate to.  Do your research!
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