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Tipping the Balance in the Universe.

Malini Parker art classes Perth

One of the chapters in the book I’m writing is called Life is Made of Small Good Things. It’s one of my favourite chapters, and one of my favourite chapter titles. I love the idea of small good things. It takes the pressure off having to experience very big good things 🙂

The thing is, at times like these, it’s tempting to think, “Small good things? I don’t think so. Life is made of Small Very Bad Things called Covid-19” !

So true, I tell the voice in my head.

But … (I tell said voice) Life is actually an infinite number of things, some are good, some are horrid and some indifferent. Life is defined by what we choose to focus on.

Toilet paper. (How could they behave that way? Has the world gone mad?)


Someone reaching out via a neighbourhood group, “We are a family of seven and we have NO toilet paper! Can anyone spare some?” and then learning I was too late to assist. They were inundated with so many offers of help that I didn’t even need to “spare a square”.


Hearing that my kind step-daughter Rachel walked her neighbourhood, knocking on elderly neighbours’ doors, offering friendship and assistance to the tired, fearful faces that greeted her.


This beautiful gesture by my niece, Shanthi, dropped off to all the people on her street:

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In these uncertain and fearful times, I remind myself that I have no way of knowing what the future holds or who will live or who will die … or ANYTHING AT ALL, because I’ve never had a way of knowing this. Covid-19 just makes it that much clearer.

So, I made a checklist for myself to stay sane and focus on what I CAN do. And it turns out there’s a lot! Here’s my list of Small GOOD Things:

  1. Stay informed (but don’t go overboard), practice good hygiene and make sure there’s enough food for a few weeks. Just in case.
  2. Don’t criticise. This is new territory and everyone’s doing the best they can.
  3. Offer help. A kind word, a spare toilet roll… it all helps 🙂
  4. Make art. Write, paint, take photos, make yummy food, knit, dance. (the last two where in case anyone reading this, dances and/or knits. I don’t 🙂
  5. Read. Actual books. Cos you love it, and now you’re allowed, and it’s good for the brain, and 3x a day checkins is MORE THAN ENOUGH news on Covid-19 for anyone.
  6. Write letters and cards. Make them pretty, interesting, creative, loving. Tell the people you love, that you love them, in ways you never have before.
  7. Be kind. And then be kinder than that. And don’t leave yourself out.
  8. Trust that you can navigate whatever adversity unfolds around you.
  9. Remember what mum used to say in difficult times: “Malini, EVERYTHING changes.

I didn’t put on my list “watch everything you can, on every streaming service you’re subscribed to” because, well, that’s a given 🙂

And if you’d like a recommendation, MODERN LOVE is surprisingly beautiful series of true stories, and not all are about romance. My favourites are – the one with the homeless pregnant woman and the gay couple; the one with the creative, bipolar woman; and the one which starts with a death and ends with a white-haired elderly lady running in the rain. If you watch it to the end, there is an appealing and simple suggestion on how anyone can meet adversity:

When something bad happens, do something ridiculously good for no other reason than to tip the balance in the Universe.

With love,

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PS Fear and uncertainty are rife, and if you suffer from anxiety it’s very likely that this situation is very triggering. This article may help you understand what is happening in your mind, and give you some useful strategies.

PPS We can give in to the anxiety caused by this Very Small Bad Virus … or we can tip the balance and focus on creating a very large number of Small Good Things. We get to choose.


Malini Parker art classes Perth

Malini Parker is an artist, writer and teacher.
From her home studio amongst the eucalypts,
she runs beginners art classes in Perth, Western Australia
that help awaken creativity and amplify joy!
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      It sure does, Paula. We have to actively tip the balance! Thank you so much for stopping, and much love to you. X

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      Thank you for reading my writing, Possum! And also for our great conversations which were the inspiration for this post 🙂 xxx

  1. Small things like a very welcoming daughter in New Zealand who persuaded us to come to her wedding and then when this Covid thing happens, still asks that we come. “Self isolation will be easy – we’ll take care of that” and hubby-to-be agrees.
    Little things like getting chocolate in the shopping when we didn’t ask for; checking what we do/don’t need; doing everything they can to help us get through the rest of the 14 days.
    The new couple-to-be recently bought a 2 storey house and we have the whole downstairs for us, and with double doors between us and the main entrance and foyer; we talk through the door or sit 3/4 metres away. Daughter and grandee come in the main entrance to go upstairs and have a dinky little kitchenette to use while we have the whole big kitchen, Our entrance is through the garage, yes, but it’s worth it when we take a walk and all talk a bit louder as we are 2 metres or more away from each other.
    Little things – but brilliantly thought out for our isolation, and then promise of celebration and hugs they said they’re planning for when the 14 days are up.
    Wow! my Peter and I are so spoilt and full of thankfulness.
    Stay safe dear Mal. Much love from Aotearoa.

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      I love it!!! Beautiful family looking out for you! And so many small (and big) good things!! Thank you for sharing, my dear dear Robin! Give yourselves and lovely New Zealand a virtual hug from me! ♥️

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      I’m so glad you found it helpful, Zar. There is so much crazy stuff going round, it’s important to stay grounded with what we CAN do 🙂 thank you for reading! X

  2. Love your words Malini. Your workshop I still promise to attend one day soon. Have fun read cook paint write and stay safe. All the best leana

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