It’s during tumultuous times like these when we feel like we have little control over what’s happening, not only around us, but to us. Over the past few months, I’ve tried to focus on what I can control which, for me, is exercise, eating well, taking care of my children, and spending quality time with family and friends. I was also inspired to see all of the good that was being done for people in our community like restaurants and casinos donating food to those in need and people volunteering to deliver that food to those who cannot leave their homes.
I started thinking about what I can do to help others around me and I was inspired by my friend and Coop coworker Ruth Furman of Image Words PR who immediately sprang into action helping business owners with their PR by highlighting how these companies are adapting to the current situation. Instead of being reactive and fearing the unknown circumstances that are completely out of my control, I, too, shifted my mindset to how I can best support my coworkers whether it be PR opportunities (Thanks, Ruth!) or just being there for each other via our virtual breakfasts.
I never miss an opportunity to express my gratitude to the members of The Coop for their continued support. Words cannot express how comforting it is to have a place to go where you can be around other people and feel part of a community, for a casual chat or deeper talk to make sense of these confusing times. If there’s anything I can take away from the shutdown experience: it’s to focus on the things you can control and focus on helping others. Send a message. Pick up the phone. Check in on people as my friend Nancy Gabriel of Mediation Around The Table suggests in her blog. Be the reason someone smiles. Be a blessing.