Mask kindness

This may seem too small, but I want to show my appreciation for the people who have been wearing masks in public spaces. Mask wearing is following the recommendations, but many people don’t think about it as a kindness as well. Just because something is *also* good for you, that doesn’t make it less kind when it helps others. Today is my spouse’s birthday and she wanted for us all to go for a hike in a local nature preserve. At the preserve, there were many signs clearly and explicitly stating that masks were required, but sadly, 3 of the 5 groups (11 of 15 people) we encountered were not wearing any masks. When we did encounter the groups with masks, we were able to continue walking in that beautiful area without worrying about virus hanging in the air behind the hikers from all the heavy breathing hiking exhalations. We also could continue past groups wearing masks without being annoyed that, while we were inconveniencing ourselves by wearing masks to help keep everyone safer, others were reaping the benefits of that safer experience without contributing to it by wearing masks themselves. We were so glad when we finally saw the group wearing masks at the end of the hike that I took the time to explicitly thank them for doing so. They were surprised to be thanked and quite pleased, so if you get the chance to thank some mask wearers, it might mean more to them than you (or even they!) would guess. So thank you, mask wearers, for the kindness you show by inconveniencing yourselves in order to make a healthier world for us all.

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  1. This is exactly why this website was created. Thank you for your story. No matter how small an act of kindness is, it creates an incredible ripple effect felt by many.

    Thank you Patrick for sharing!!

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