It is difficult not feeling sorry for yourself these days. Especially for those of us dealing with high school students. Schools are closed, meals and health services are no longer accessible, friends are in self-quarantine, classes are online, sports seasons are canceled, proms and graduations are threatened. These are difficult times.
But my concerns were put into perspective today when I was exiting our school’s publicly accessible fitness center. An elderly couple I had never seen before was coming in. I thought it odd that with all the social distancing they would enter an often crowed space, especially at their age.
So I stopped and asked, “how I could help them?” The reply, “we were just hoping we could come in and get warm.” We welcomed them into our lobby and gave each of them a hot cup of coffee.
Though we easily find ourselves consumed by the uncertainty around us, and may unfortunately only have the stressors of the day sensationalized and amplified by myriad channels, I was reminded today, of the importance of doing for others. Part of our teambuilding culture is to put the good of the team (quite literally the good of others) ahead of our own interests.
A welcoming smile, a warm lobby, and a hot cup of coffee in and of themselves may not be much, but we found a way to give others something to be grateful for amidst the stressors of the day. In moments such as these, the cacophony of a 24hr news cycle, staccato of social media feeds, and a world where toilet paper and milk disappear from supermarket shelves fade away and afford us the opportunity to give some time, some attention, and some relief to others.
As I say to my team quite often, (and you may have read a few times on this blog), “The hand that gives, gathers.” These are difficult times but be thankful for your many blessings and look for opportunities to help others be thankful for theirs.
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