Finding Perspective in Times of Distress and Uncertainty
What We Can Do to Help Ourselves and Our Neighbors
In light of everything, I felt it was appropriate—if not necessary—to take a break from our usual staff message to address what has been happening in our community in response to COVID-19. I look around and see many who are scared and unsure of the future, from friends and family with existing health conditions to all the business owners and employees affected by the quarantine initiative. These are real concerns that I share as well, but my biggest fear has become fear itself. Not only does fear weaken us physically, it can consume our thoughts and lead to toxic negativity and even panic. Panicking is never a solution.
There is a quote by C.J. Redwine that comes to mind: “Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.” We saw this materialize when people rushed to the store and stocked up on three year’s worth of toilet paper, leaving the shelves bare for others in some cases. The majority of fear seems to stem from the mainstream media. It’s good to stay informed, but even I find myself on a slippery slope when I keep refreshing my social media for updates. Instead, Shayne and I have been turning to prayer for peace and wisdom during this time. We’re reminded that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Aside from avoiding large crowds and frequently washing your hands, I encourage you to take this time to self reflect. Times of crisis can put things into perspective. When work and entertainment get taken away from you, what do you have? How much of your life revolves around those areas? As I ask myself these questions, I’m reminded of what is really important. Running my business, attending social events, traveling, shopping—they are all things I enjoy doing, but they don’t hold a candle to my faith, family, and friendships. While these past couple of weeks have been challenging to navigate, I’ve spent more time with my husband, kids, and extended family, and I’ve called friends to catch up. In the midst of a whirlwind of change, I’ve had the chance to slow down and be thankful for the things that really matter.
Adversity also teaches us lot about ourselves in how we choose to react. Do we hang our head and grovel, do we play the blame game and get angry, or do we look around for ways to help the situation? Right now, a big way we can help our community is continuing to support local businesses. Many industries are taking a big hit because of social distancing, especially socially-driven industries such as food and beverage, event/hospitality, beauty, retail, and many more.
Though it may be a bit longer before you can browse the racks at your favorite local boutique or sip a cup of joe at the coffee shop around the corner, you can still see if they’re offering online ordering and delivery or curbside pickup. Businesses are coming up with creative ways to still operate and get their products and services to their customers. Some are even utilizing virtual platforms to connect. Nonprofits need our help as well, especially if they had to cancel or postpone one of their main fundraising events of the year. We highlight a few of these businesses and nonprofits in our news section, so keep reading!
At the end of the day, we are in this uncharted territory together. Strictly Business will remain as dedicated as ever to promoting and connecting local businesses. I’m confident that with the right outlook and necessary precautions, we will get through this. Have faith, not fear.
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