Small Things, Great Love
What a crazy time to be alive, right? If you’re anything like us, you’re likely alternating between two poles of reactions to the current global situation. In one minute, you might be panicking about the spreading virus and its impact, bulk-buying toilet paper (if you can find it) and praying for the health of those you love. In the next, you might be wondering if the whole thing has been worsened by mass hysteria and complaining about how inconveniently the social distancing regulations impact your daily life. We seem to be on a pendulum, swinging between feeling like we’re over-reacting and feeling like we aren’t doing nearly enough. In our personal lives, we fluctuate between hugging our little ones tighter, thanking God for extra quality time as a family and wondering how we will survive another SECOND cooped up under one roof. Like I said, crazy times.
The bottom line is that we are experiencing a historic moment, and our future - as individuals, as a country, and as a planet - will be changed by how we react. So, how will we react? I don’t know about you, but I’m embarrassed to say that my gut reaction to everything going on is to narrow my scope of the world. To tighten my circle of care and compassion to only those I hold most near and dear. To adopt an “every man for himself” type attitude and only concern myself with whether MY family is fed, MY children healthy, MY people safe. But we are in this TOGETHER, aren’t we? Everyone in the same boat. I can’t even express how much I admire the people on the front lines of fighting this virus, of caring for those afflicted, and of comforting the ailing world.
Personally, I am desperately battling my fight or flight response that tells me to just hunker down, close my curtains, and only come out when the coast is clear. THIS is where saints are made, people!! And as a company, we want to do our part. So, we created a special line of boxes, carefully curated for those impacted by the virus and its fallout. We know it’s not much, but we are taking our cues from the great saints who taught us to think of others in times of crisis. In the face of a challenge like this one, some are called to be the warriors, the victors who risk themselves to save the others, like St. Joan, St. Michael, or St. George. The rest of us are called to support them and to support each other, to pray and to maintain hope, like St. Therese and her Little Way. Like St. Teresa of Calcutta says, "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love." At Pillar & Pearl, our small thing is offering a way for people to say thank you and to spread love during this trying time.
And, our boxes are crafted with MUCH love. We wanted to share a little bit of the thought process behind each box in hopes to connect the way we are feeling with the way our community is feeling and to show our appreciation for those fighting the real fight. Every few days, we will share a blog focusing on each box, its contents, and the thoughtful theology behind it. If you know someone who fits the definition of the hard-working individuals who inspired our boxes, reach out to us. We’d love to send them a gift from you, saying THANK YOU for keeping this crazy world turning.