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Carole Olinger

March 18th, 2020 – Day Two of #ThreePositiveThings

Yesterday I started a personal project to spread more positives vibes in times of COVID-19 pandemic. A series named #ThreePositiveThings where I’m going to share at least 3 positive things that either happened to me during my day or, that I am particularly grateful for at the moment.
Here you can catch up with yesterdays’ blog post if you want to.

This is day number two, so here we go:

#1 – A cashier’s smile

I needed a few things from the supermarket today. I’m very grateful for all the people who work super hard to make sure we have everything we need while dealing with their own fears and strange customer behavior at the same time.
So I decided to give the cashier a particularly friendly smile and asked her how she felt. She was super thankful someone finally asked about her well-being and started smiling. Because it was relatively quiet (lucky me!), we started to chat a bit about the craziness she had experienced in the past days. We laughed a little and she finally gave me some extra fidelity stamps.
When I left, I felt so much happier than five minutes before, and I’m sure she felt the same. A little more kindness and empathy is exactly what we all need these days. And regardless of whether you are the transmitter or the receiver, it just feels great!

#2 – Geocaching with Indra

I gave myself the promise to spend as much time outside as possible – while applying social distancing, of course. This means, as soon as the sun is out, you’ll find me in the garden or in the woods and fields (in case you didn’t know: we are living in the middle of nowhere).
Today I decided it was about time to reactivate an old hobby of mine, something I always enjoyed very much: Geocaching. So far, I had found 324 Geocaches in different countries, but in the past four years, I kind of forgot about this activity. I didn’t prioritize it, didn’t want to spend time on it, who knows?
I took “my girl”, little Indra, and we had a fantastic two hours walk through woods and fields and we found the Geocache relatively quickly.
Also, we discovered the place to be the most southern point of North Rhine-Westphalia and at the same time the border to Rhineland-Palatinate, where we live.

#3 – New e-bike gear

When I came back home, there was a parcel waiting for me – way earlier than I expected! I made a great deal for a 3-piece bicycle lightweight 68L bag/pannier set, the Vaude Karakorum.
I immediately unboxed it to see it on my bike, and it fits perfectly!
I told you yesterday, that I always needed to have something to look forward to. Well, now I am ready to go on a camping trip by bike, together with my husband, and the doggies. Can’t wait! And who knows, maybe this is also going to be possible in COVID-19 times: we can cycle for days here without having any social contact!

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