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Helping Each Other Through Coronavirus

Helping each other through Coronavirus

Helping each other through Coronavirus. The Coronavirus has most of us locked down in our homes right now, and we are bombarded with media stories of doom and gloom. It has many people anxious, bored, out of work or school, and even overwhelmed. But there are many things we can do to help each other through this ordeal. 

Be nice

I’m sad that I have to write this paragraph. But seriously, be nice to each other. I get life sucks right now because so many things are unknown and there is a lot of fear. But that isn’t an excuse to be a jerk to others. Especially those who are still working in hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, and any other business still functioning right now. 

Things are constantly changing. Such as the hours of a business, the policies, even what they have in stock. Being a jerk to the messenger doesn’t help anybody. They don’t make the rules, they just have the ugly job of telling you about it. These people are also risking their lives to not only have an income in a time when many don’t, but they are also helping you keep a somewhat normal life by having services be available. 

I went to the grocery store the other night, and I was horrified. It was almost closing and to save time I had to ask an employee where something was. I wasn’t sure if it was out of stock or I was just too dumb to find it on my own. She looked absolutely terrified to point out where it should be on the shelf and tell me it was out of stock.

She looked like she was going to cry, to be perfectly honest. I have no clue how many people had already yelled at her throughout the day, but it was pretty obvious she had dealt with some verbally abusive people before I made it in. The sad part was that I wanted to just give her a hug, but I couldn’t. All I could do was just be nice to her. 

My state has banned single use plastic bags, and I have to bring my own in. The cashier told me I had to bag my own groceries to prevent potentially spreading germs from the bags I brought in. Which apparently upset most people who came through her line that day. 

Are these things the end of the world? Nope. Therefore, I just roll with it. As I told the cashier, I may be far slower than she is bagging groceries. But if it keeps both of us safer, I’m all for it. A little grace and kindness goes a long way. There will probably be new and different policies the next time I go in too, because things change so often right now. I can’t control that, but I can certainly control how I respond and treat the person telling me about the changes. 

Support those who can’t go out

Whenever I know I am going to the grocery store, I have a list of people I call to check on and see if they need anything. These are friends and neighbors who have immune issues such as an illness, are going through chemo, or simply elderly. If I can help them stay home, I’m glad to do it. 

Check up on those you know who are in the same boat and help them stay at home and healthy. It is such an easy way to let someone know you care too, and that can make their day in such a dark time. Be that light for others. Even with being socially distant, we all have phones. Use them to call and offer support to others around you. 

Support local business

One of the most amazing things I’ve seen my community do is create a Facebook page dedicated to local restaurants that are open during this time. It is wonderful because I’ve had the opportunity to learn about some restaurants that I had never heard of before, but clearly need to go and try. Plus talking with others who share the same love and passion for local business as I do. If you don’t have anything like that in your area, reach out to a couple of friends who would be willing to moderate a group like that and get started! It is a great way to bring the community together. 

Tip those who serve you

This can be the cashier in the grocery store, the gas station attendant, or the delivery driver bringing you food, or the waitress standing outside a restaurant at a table taking to-go orders and freezing to death. They are some of the few still working and trying to make life somewhat normal for all of us.

But with businesses running shorter hours, that job came with a cut in their hours right now. Tips make a huge difference! Tips can make the difference in if a family can buy groceries or not right now. Be generous as well as kind to those who are still working and helping you. Every single one of these people are trying to keep life moving as normally as possible under the circumstances, while trying to keep you as safe as they can at the same time. 

Be patient

Yesterday Tigger had an appointment to have his nails trimmed. This was set three months ago, before the Coronavirus was really a thing. I use a local company who comes out to my house and takes care of this service. A couple weeks ago I checked in with them to see if I needed to reschedule or if they were still working. Nope, things were fine as long as nobody in my house had symptoms. Yesterday that changed to where they weren’t coming into homes at all. Which meant they had to go get a different and larger vehicle to take care of Tigger. 

This detour caused them to be well over an hour past the normal window of time. I ended up waiting about three hours for them to arrive. Normally this would irritate me, quite honestly. But I’m a stickler for appointment times too. But so many businesses are having to completely change the way they operate in order to continue their services while staying safe, it can be time consuming to navigate. 

As I said earlier, under normal circumstances I would be irritated at having to wait. These aren’t normal circumstances. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Be patient with everyone you come in contact with. I’m simply grateful that this business is still operating and were willing to go out of the way to keep my appointment and do it in a way that keeps them safe. Waiting wasn’t the end of the world. 

Notes

Life is not remotely easy for any of us right now because the future is so unknown. Nobody can change the world, but we can all certainly take simple steps to make the world a better place for those we come in contact with right now. 

Be nice, patient, kind, and generous to others right now. We all need that more than anything because it is a positive moment in such a negative time. This is how we go about helping each other through Coronavirus.

If you fall into the category of an essential business or employee, thank you for everything you are doing to keep things running as smoothly as possible right now. That hard work and dedication is not going unnoticed. 

Discussion

Helping each other through Coronavirus is imperative to make this uncertain time more tolerable for all of us. This is a storm we must get through together. How are you helping others through Coronavirus? Tell me about it in the comments!

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7 Comments

  • Scott DeNicola

    One of my side gigs is shopping and delivering groceries for people and though I have scaled this down immensely I am still taking care of a few customers that rely on me. The supermarkets are crazy and they are out of stock but need to realize that we don’t have a supply issue if you’d just shop normally. NY state was prepared to ban single use plastic bags and decided to shelf that for now until this is over. This pandemic has caused us to certainly eat better as we are now preparing all of our meals since everyone is home and not going to dance and work etc. We do frequent take out from one of our local pizza places once a week to support them. I am wondering how much of the new normal this will really be moving forward.

  • Kelly Martin

    It’s so important to be kind and patient and even more so now that we’re going through this pandemic. It’s a stressful and worrying time but we’re all in it together.

  • Chloé Arnold

    SUCH a good reminder! We were trying to support local businesses as much as possible until most closed! Now we are buying gift cards. And such a good reminder to tip well- these staff are used to having so many customers and now it’s pretty much non-existent.

  • Britt K

    This is a challenging time for everyone, but as you said – we need to come together and help one another to get through this. My husband is still working as his job falls under the current definition of ‘essential’. To help with the stress of everything, we’ve decided that we’re going to mark each weekend with takeout form a local small business – rotating between the different restaurants here in our small town. It gives us the chance to have some normalcy in our life when everything else is so up in the air while also supporting small business owners.

  • Ivana Mearns

    Yes, it is sad that we need to remind each other that we should be nice, isn’t it? It’s hard to understand that some people actually yell at shop assistants, their work can’t be easy these days. Hopefully things will come back to normal soon.

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