Like just about everyone, for three months we’ve been focused on the coronavirus and, in most instances, the dark side of the virus. The office closing. The blows to the economy. Too many people getting sick. As article after article has pointed out, COVID-19 has had a massive effect on all of us physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why this week, we’re turning away from the dark and serious, and focusing instead on the light.
It’s time for a new way of thinking.
Even as the country starts to reopen, we know the coming months are still going to bring a lot more time at home. And that’s where mindset can make all the difference. Sure, we can all keep taking the Groundhog Day approach – great, six more weeks of winter. Or, we can choose empowerment – this is my opportunity to do, try, learn something new. More time at home means there’s time to read that epic book you’ve always said you wanted to read. More time to binge-watch an old favorite, or something new. More time to become the perfect chef. More time to spend with those you love.
Last week, a friend who has a daughter graduating from high school was lamenting all their family had missed out on being at home for the last 10 weeks of her senior year. But then, he took a step back and acknowledged that the time their family has had together in the past three months is a gift they never would have had and one for which they will always be grateful. I’ve heard the same thing from families whose college kids, or even young adults have come home to shelter in place. That, is a very big silver lining.
With more time and opportunities coming throughout the summer, we thought it would be fun to ask our LOOMIS family about the things that have gotten them through lockdown. Favorites either discovered, or rediscovered. Activities they didn’t even know they loved. And finally, what they are most grateful for on this side of the pandemic. Not surprisingly, for a company of 65, our tastes in books, TV, movies, and activities vary greatly.
But when it comes to what we’re most grateful for, to a person, our team shared wonderful variations on the same answer. We are who we are because of the connections we share. And it’s nice to know that even when we’re not in the same rooms with each other, those bonds endure.
Here’s to a happy and healthy summer!