Hitting the Pause Button
With the COVID-19 pandemic that is happening around the world, the current state of the world is unsettling. As I write this month’s article, we have no crystal ball to let us know just how long this will last nor how many lives will be lost. No one can project the full economic and social consequences we will experience. What we do know for certain is that our lives have changed and it is highly likely they will never again be the same.
Schools closing down and moving to strictly an online environment, restaurants and hotels laying off or furloughing their workforce, encouraging social distancing, defining which businesses are essential/nonessential, moving some if not all employees to a “working remote” status, etc. are now common, every day topics. To me, it feels very much like the world has hit the pause button when it comes to our daily life.
As with every major event—especially a global one of this magnitude—it’s very existence tells us a lot about who we are and how we behave. It teaches us what’s truly important. It brings out the best in some, the worst in others and brings fear to most if not all. It shows us our levels of kindness and generosity as well as our ability to think of others. We have no idea how long this pandemic will last and it feels very much like the world has shifted on its axis.
As we find our way to the other side of this COVID-19 pandemic, try to hit the pause button as well on all the negative “stuff”—any anger, frustration, mean-spirited behavior or selfishness. Let us all find ways to help each other through this. Check in on each other, find creative online ways to socialize with friends and family, find creative ways to “vent” and forgive the shortcomings of those with whom we live. Choose to be healthy, hopeful and kind.
We may be hitting the pause button, but now more than ever before we need to live the spirit of hospitality.