"Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." - Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
Stay connected to those around you, your community of people. This includes the people you work with, family, and friends. For athletes, this includes teammates, coaches, and even friends on other teams.
The world can look big and scary when you get disconnected from your community. Make your world smaller by reaching out and performing acts of kindness and love.
It can be as simple as video chatting with someone you haven’t talked to in a while. As a high school and collegiate athlete, you can write a handwritten letter to a senior on your team, express gratitude for their leadership and let them know how much you appreciate them. Lastly, appreciate yourself and give a little self love.
At the moment, it can be easy to just isolate, disconnect, and focus on the things that are out of your control.
Daily acts of kindness and love will keep you grounded, connected, and focused on the good things that are happening around you each day.
Remember, it’s the little things that give you the strength and courage to preserve!