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!