Newsletter Tip #3: Saluting Our Heroes

Salute the heroes who are out there fighting the fight

If your garbage is being picked up, your mail is being delivered, or your local health care workers are going to work, please thank them (although I must admit, when I tried this yesterday by thanking the grocery store clerk she gave me the ol’ school stink eye, but I digress). People usually appreciate being recognized and thanked for their contributions to our collective endeavor.

You can thank these people in person (from at least 6 feet away), or even better, amplify and publicize your gratitude on social media.  For example, you can thank your local sanitation department, the postal service, or even a local bakery that is staying open during the crisis.   

Speaking of bakeriesA lovely man who I have been getting to know recently is a dishwasher at his local bakery.  He emailed me on Monday to tell me that he received a message from the bakery owners that they are having to close for in-store service—obviously a huge economic impact on them and their workers. One of my friend’s co-workers at the bakery, a young woman who is also a part-time dishwasher, sent a “Reply All” on the thread. She said because she has time due to the cutback in her hours, she could offer all of her co-workers free childcare so that they could work while their kids were kept home from school. Just to clarify, this woman loses her job, and offers to watch other people’s kids for free so that they can keep their jobs…

I don’t know this woman personally, but I hope that my friend shares this with her to let her know that her selfless act is inspiring others.

Remember the words of Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” 

Those are our heroes. Please thank them.

Stay smart, stay safe – hug your loved ones & we’ll get through this together.

Additional Resources:

For any of you who want to join the group for a virtual meal, we will be hosting a Virtual group Breakfast this Friday morning, March 20th at 8:00am EST.  If you would like to attend, please register via this link and we’ll email you with instructions on how to join.