The Credit You Deserve

Man giving you the thumbs up for doing a good job!

Across the world, people are making sacrifices to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. I add my voice to those giving thanks to our frontline workers, healthcare providers, and other essential service providers. We simply could not survive without you, and you deserve any and all accolades you may receive! At the same time, some of us are doing our part by staying at home. This comes with its own set of challenges, and much of what we are doing may go unnoticed and unappreciated.

While our efforts may not be considered heroic, they still take energy, patience, tenacity, creativity, and fortitude. Therefore, I would like to recognize and give you credit for any of the following that you have been doing. I hope some of these put a smile on your face!

You Deserve Credit For…

  • Not complaining when someone else performs a household task in “the wrong way.” Let’s be honest, it is hard to hold your tongue.
  • Preparing three meals a day, providing snacks for every living thing in your home, all while not being able to easily dash to the grocery store and get what you need.
  • Resisting the urge to argue with someone in your space who is being annoying.
  • Suffering a lack of privacy, even in the bathroom.
  • Foregoing to the “simple pleasures” that used to get you through the day (cup of your favorite coffee, visiting the nail salon, meeting with a friend, etc.)
  • Trying to not look worried when your children are around.
  • Suddenly being tasked to solve all technology issues in the house (slow wi-fi, password problems, login issues, school websites not loading, etc.).
  • Finding creative ways to acknowledge and celebrate milestones like birthdays, graduations, weddings, and proms.
  • Wiping everything down, all day long.
  • Explaining this ever-changing, complex issue to children.
  • Getting your work done in a crowded space, while enduring frequent interruptions.
  • Trying to look professional from your bedroom “office.”
  • Figuring out how to use virtual platforms on multiple devices.
  • Making difficult decisions about which bills to pay in the moment, and which can possibly be put off.
  • Spending hours on the phone trying to reduce expenses or track down unemployment compensation.
  • Navigating complicated red tape to access PPP for your employees.
  • Finding ways to help and give back to your community.
  • Avoiding stress/boredom eating.
  • Exploring ways to connect with friends and family members whom you used to be able to see in person.
  • Eating food that isn’t your favorite because that is what was available.
  • Encouraging others in your network with calls, notes and motivating words.
  • Assisting elderly neighbors and loved ones who cannot go out.
  • Scrounging around the house to find supplies for “do at home” school projects.
  • Stepping into the role of assistant teacher or therapist for your child.
  • Exploring new ways to generate revenue when you can’t go to work.
  • Letting someone else choose the movie or show to watch. (Or if you are a parent, re-watching your child’s favorite movie repeatedly.)
  • Figuring out ways to exercise at home since you can’t go to the gym.
  • Ordering take-out to support your struggling local restaurants.
  • Wearing a mask, and maybe even making them.
  • Trying to social distance, even in places where it isn’t easy to do.
  • Making the decision to cancel summer plans and trying not to be sad about it.
  • Running load after load of laundry.
  • Staying on top of the frequently changing rules and regulations being issued by state and local officials.
  • Fighting to minimize your children’s unnecessary exposure to screen time.
  • Adapting the way you do business so that you can reopen in a manner that is safe for workers and customers.
  • Making a concerted effort to cultivate a positive mindset, especially on hard days.

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You may never receive a medal or be applauded for the things you are doing during this crisis, but remember that everything matters. Sometimes it is the tiniest of actions that have the biggest impact, even if no one ever notices.

My hat is off to you – may you stay healthy and may this end soon!

21 thoughts on “The Credit You Deserve”

    1. Aw, thank you Ellen. Trying to keep bringing some good into the atmosphere right now. It is easy to get discouraged with the negative news, hour after hour. I know most people are doing their best, and I want them to know that it matters!

    1. I’m cheering you on from down here, Janine! I hope you had a great Mother’s Day with your beautiful family, and that your week brings many good surprises:)

  1. Thank you for this uplifting post! Caregivers go unnoticed when having to take care of others. Whether it is taking care of elderly parents who live at home or taking care of kids and other members of the family, everyone should appreciate these unsung heroes that make life so much easier and keep us healthy.
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    1. Wonderful group to acknowledge, Sabrina. So many are caring for elderly and vulnerable populations right now, which is both exhausting and heroic!

    1. In one way or another, I believe pretty much every life has been impacted by this. We’ve all had to make changes in the way we do things, and some of these are tough. I just wanted to let people know that these efforts matter and are worth acknowledging:)

  2. Love it, Seana. Totally resonating with this – coming off Mother’s Day and was totally overshadowed by my kid’s birthday tomorrow, so there’s that. Oh and I’m supposed to be fighting to minimize my kiddo’s screen time?! (wink)

    1. Aha, I get that overlap with B’s birthday happens a lot with Mother’s Day. Life of a Mother is never easy, but especially now!!

  3. Acknowledgment is a basic human desire. I love the way you so beautifully thought of the many ways we can appreciate and acknowledge the ways we’ve need to shift and be flexible. It’s an ongoing process with so many learning opportunities. I think about the idea of being gentle- gentle with ourselves, gentle with those in our household, gentle with the people we interact with in-person and online. Thank you for the reminder to acknowledge.

    1. I don’t know if family members – especially tiny ones- ever acknowledge, but it sure would be nice! It’s hard to try very hard and feel like nothing is working out. I guess this was my virtual hug to everyone out there… along with a hearty “high five!” 🙂

  4. I think everyone needed to hear this right now. Our lives changed suddenly and no one had a playbook to help guide us. Still, we’re human and having the ability to rise up and meet the daily challenges haven’t been easy. Knowing that there’s more we’ve done then we realized, is quite a wonderful feeling.

    1. I love this comment! Yes, it is affirming to realize that we actually are accomplishing things, even though some of these things may not be tangible or evident. Everyone deserves a pat on the back for how they are coping. It can be a comfort just to know that what we do matters, right?

  5. Add yourself to the list, Seana. Give yourself credit for repeatedly creating compelling, comforting content that keeps your readers, your clients, your colleagues, and the random people of the internet in a better headspace!

    I feel like we need to create scout badges for everyone. A cute little zipped-lip graphic to wear on our masks if we managed not to shout, “I’ve shown you how to unmute your microphone 47 times already!” 😉

    1. Your comments always put a smile on my face, Julie! There does seem to be a struggle to figure out the microphone on the Zoom calls LOL!

  6. Thank you for this! It’s so true. So much of my situation is accelerated by having anxiety, being pregnant, and oh yeah – getting a new puppy during this. And of course, we didn’t plan a pregnancy or a puppy around this! I can see why people would, though!
    So I have to give myself credit for managing math homework (ugh), happy kids, an unborn baby, and way too many pets.

    1. In a way, your timing is terrific. Less pressure to leave the house gives you the chance to care for yourself and your new puppy. Still, this isn’t always easy, and I want readers to know that I am cheering them on for all the efforts they are making to keep life moving along as normally as possible!

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