Hello friends,

I hope you and your family are well. I am thinking of you and sending my positive thoughts and prayers. We are missing everyone, and hope to bridge the distance through this electronic connection.

I was terribly sad to hear of the passing of the incredible civil rights activist and congressman John Lewis. Among many things, his life was dedicated to seeking freedom for all Americans, justice, and action. Congressman Lewis was tireless, as he encouraged people to speak the truth and to stand up for what is right. The scope of his life’s work and legacy are almost impossible to fathom. For me, Congressman Lewis’ messages filled me with hope for a better tomorrow- one filled with brotherly and sisterly love, understanding and compassion. So, today, I humbly dedicate this Touch Points in his memory. Let us all continue to work toward his inspirational message of justice, kindness and hope. May John Lewis’ memory be a blessing for all of us.

Throughout this email, I have sprinkled famous quotes, shared meaningful events, and suggested a variety of ideas to add kindness into the world.  Please click on the websites I included; they are short and will nourish your soul.

 “Do not get lost in a sea of despair, be hopeful, be optimistic.”

(-John Lewis)


Ways to be Find Inspiration and Kindness During the Pandemic:

  1. Meaningful Words Fills Me with Inspiration- When I feel sadness with injustice in our world, I listen or read John Lewis’ words and it fills me with courage, hope and love. This is one of his many quotes that I admire:  “We are one people with one family. We all live in the same house… and we must find a way to say to people that we must lay down the burden of hate. For hate is too heavy a burden to bear.” Thank you Congressman Lewis for your bravery and wisdom.
  2. “Some Good News” Fills me with Joyful Inspiration-  Enjoy this quirky web-series from actor John Krasinski. Since March, Mr. Krasinski has highlighted good news from around the world, including an interview with Steve Carell. You will smile throughout this simple, entertaining video. Click here to watch the first episode (about 15 minutes). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5pgG1M_h_U
  3. Generosity Can Inspire-  Amateur artist, Steve Derrick honors the brave men and women working on the front lines of this pandemic. By painting their portraits, you can see the challenges of these real life medical heroes. Many of the moving images are professionals from Albany Medical Center Hospital. Mr. Derrick refuses any payment. “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” (-Harold Kushner) We, also, have our own heroes at Ovation Communities. Thank you to all the front line staff who lovingly care for our residents. We appreciate you, and send our deepest admiration and thanks. Click here to watch the CBS Sunday Morning video about Steve Derrick (2 minute video):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpFRVKK-Q28
  4. Gratitude Fills Me with Inspiration-  At 7:00PM, New Yorkers open their windows and cheer for people working on the front lines. It is amazing that an enormous, bustling city stops to salute their medical professionals. Gratitude is powerful! Heroes don’t only wear capes. These days, heroes wear gloves, surgical masks and gowns. Click here to watch this video. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/10/nyregion/nyc-7pm-cheer-thank-you-coronavirus.html    (Helpful tips to fully enjoy video:  Tap screen to make sure sound is not muted -sound icon is located on top right. Then, tap screen on right side to scroll through a variety of areas in New York.)
  5. Unexpected Inspiration of the Spirit – Listen to this lovely violin solo played from a balcony in Madrid. During a time of uncertainty and isolation, imagine how the unexpected beauty of the song Hatikvah was felt by so many. Hatikvah is the National Anthem of Israel, and appropriately, Hatikvah means “The Hope”- something we all need now. I wonder if this beautiful gesture inspired others to do more? “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with heart.” (-Hellen Keller) Click here for this beautiful 2 minute interlude:  https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-zOrpKIaN3/?utm_source=ig_embed
  6. Try a Few Inspirational Brain Health Exercises– Stimulate your brain and boost creativity! Share this creative exercise during a family meal, during an afternoon walk, or anytime!  Try two creative questions:
  • If you could write a book, what would the book title be, and what would it be about? Who would you dedicate the book to?
  • Write a letter or a thank you to someone that made a difference in your life. It could be a relative or even someone you have never met, like Abraham Lincoln! Be imaginative!

7. Try These Ideas to Spread Kindness and Inspiration in the World-

  • Call a loved one you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Perhaps someone needs to hear a friendly voice.
  • Prepare a meal for someone who is struggling.
  • Do you know how to knit? Knit hats or scarves for people in need during the colder months.
  • Text someone in the morning or in the evening. Start their day off, or end it, with a smile.
  • Write or email a thank you note to someone.

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”  (Amelia Earhart)

8. Check Out The Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s “Museum Moment”Molly Dubin, Curator for the Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores the 2018 exhibit, Allied in the Fight: Jews, Blacks, and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Explore historical moments of advocacy and collaboration between Black and Jewish leaders. (There is a focus on the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.) After you watch this 15 minute video, think about what it means to be an ally. Were you involved in any movements to create a more just society? Click here:  https://youtu.be/Ze3LMJUeJYc

Inspiration is a wonderful force that moves people toward hope, miracles and love. Every day, surround yourself with some inspiration, and work to add more in the world.

As always, I am here for you- to listen, problem solve or just connect. Email me at DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org

Thinking of you and sending all my positive energy and love,