I feel like I have wasted these first two months of 2021. I spent most of January recuperating from nose surgery, while February was spent recuperating from recuperating. I think Seasonal Affective Disorder set in when the sun disappeared, and temperatures plummeted to waaayyy below zero. I had car issues and heating issues and freezing issues. And although I didn’t want to venture out, I had no choice. Duty calls.
With so many challenges, I spent my spare time hibernating and feeling sorry for myself. This weekend, however, I realized it is only 20-plus days before spring is officially here! Just the thought was enough for me to throw back the covers and shake off the “poor me’s” and visit my daughter. We talked about current events; the pandemic and political sagas, the poor job and economic situations, and all the strife that continues to plague us all. If that wasn’t enough, she told me about the struggle of trying to fix up her house.
“Every day something else breaks,” she told me, nearly in tears. “I just can’t do this anymore.” We were both getting pretty depressed about the whole situation, when she added, “We just need good things to happen.”
We are both fairly positive people, but this past year has been especially hard on us, and everyone else, in our hometown of Cedar Rapids. The pandemic forced many to figure out a new normal, but the derecho in August caused so much damage, the entire community is still feeling the effects.
How can anyone be positive in a world that is so negative?
“Maybe they just need a reminder.”
A lightbulb went off in my head. What a great idea! It made us ponder the question, “What can we do to remind people to focus more on the positive and less on the negative?”
This is how the “Nice Box” was born. The Nice Box would be a subscription box with all sorts of unique and fun and items. It would also feature a newsletter filled with positive life hacks, as well as coupons and samples from various local small businesses.
It would take a lot of work, but we both agreed it was something we are passionate about; helping others to be more positive in a world that tends to focus on the negative. We would do this through the different items in our monthly subscription boxes.
Although we are currently in the “brain-storming” phase of the project, we hope to launch the box later this year. I really think this could bring some much needed sunshine and positive energy into our weary world. All we can do is try, right?