Expressing Thanks

Hello friends,

I hope this finds you safe and healthy. This week has been quite unlike any we have faced before. The threat of the coronavirus has put us in a position many of us never would have predicted. It is alright to be worried, or scared, or anxious, or all of the above about where we are, where we are going, and what the path is going to look like getting forward. Honestly, I think we all fit in there somewhere.

But this does not mean that I am without hope. Quite the opposite.

We have seen exceptional examples of leadership over the past week. We have seen communities, businesses and organizations, local and state governments, as well as outstanding individuals shine in a period of fear. Let’s not let their sacrifices and work go unnoticed. Let’s all take a moment and stop to recognize all those who have made this difficult time a little easier.

There have been unfair demands and expectations from those underpaid workers at grocery stores, long-term care facilities, non-profit organizations and more. We have seen the brave front-line workers helping people with inadequate resources and testing. Local restaurants have stepped up and offered lunches for students out of school. Small businesses have adapted to help others and support their community at this time. I could go on. Despite the adversity, the danger, the fear and the demand, many out there have done their jobs and much more. For this, we owe them all a debt of gratitude.

If you know of someone who is facing the threat of the coronavirus day after day doing their jobs, please take a minute and thank them. When you are at the grocery story respectfully getting the necessities, thank the cashier and thank the people stocking the shelves. If you have relatives in long-term care facilities, thank those workers taking care of your family. Any act of kindness and selflessness at times like this should be recognized. It goes a long way.

So, to all of you out there working to keep your community going, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. We have a long road ahead of us. Please continue to listen to the guidance of the CDC and the government to reduce the spread of the coronavirus so we can recover from this as quickly as possible. Be safe. Be healthy. Be respectful.

All the best,

Dana Ferguson