How to honor your temple in good times and in times of stress: the beauty of giving in caring for others
on April 21st, 2020
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This is a time for deep gratitude. For health, safety, love, family, friends, home, and so much more, many of us have numerous reasons to appreciate what and whom we have in our lives. As such, I also believe that this is a time to help to take care of those less fortunate.
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Maya Angelou
According to April 1st issue of The Cut and Teen Vogue, a number of fashion brands are donating their talent and resources to the cause of eradicating Covid-19 and ameliorating circumstances around the pandemic:
Alice & Olivia
Dolce & Gabbana
Inditex: the parent company of Zara
Kering: Kering brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga
Los Angeles Apparel
LVMH; 75 brands in fashion, perfumes, wines & spirits, jewelry, etc.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Zadig & Voltaire
Additional clothing and accessory houses creating good include:
Rad + Refined
In coming together to help make the world a healthier and more beautiful place, beauty brands, too, were some of the first companies to join the fight, with LVMH spearheading the effort by converting their perfume manufacturing plants to mass produce hand sanitizer for hospitals.
Other beauty brands contributing to a safer world include:
Beiersdorf: The parent company of Nivea and Coppertone
Hudson Valley Skincare
The Body Shop
The wellness industry has also responded compassionately. The Global Wellness institute issued these eight leadership strategies to complement the current initiatives and guidelines that are already in place:
1. Lead with facts, not fear.
2. Follow tried-and-true methods: as directed by The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
3. Surface and dispel rumors: seek knowledge and deal with facts.
4. Don’t forget about the human connection: do what you can to prevent the negative health impact from loneliness while maintaining social distancing.
5. Get candid about stress: talk about it with someone empathetic.
6. Focus on self-care.
7. Ask: Where else can we serve?
8. Make plans for recovery.
How may you make an impact?
Follow guidelines issued by WHO, the CDC, and your local government to help mitigate the problem. Practice self care and help to take care of those in need—with time, energy, your resources, etc.
If your resources include financial ones, please consider giving to these organizations (partial list):
God’s Love We Deliver
A Common Thread
World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Bring Change to Mind
Million Mask Challenge
Meals on Wheels
Hearts of Gold
No Kid Hungry
The CDC Foundation
The World Health Organization (WHO)
Heart to Heart International
I conclude by urging you to follow this extended version of the FAB Five:
Stay realistically positive.
Honor your temple.
Protect your health.
Help protect others.
Do your part.
Take care of yourself.
Help take care of those in need and less fortunate.
Stay well-- inside and out.