Can we all just admit, this has been a hard couple of weeks? We’re all feeling the effects of Covid-19. There have been missed vacations, sporting events, and artistic performances. Many are being laid-off from work or have reduced hours and pay. Relatives are going unvisited in hospitals and nursing homes. Kids and college students are navigating how to continue some form of education from home. Essential employees are scared for their safety. People are facing sickness and death. Churches are closed. Funerals have limits on how many can be in attendance at one time. Our economy is hurting and there is a lot of sadness everywhere.
Even though this is all true, I want to talk today about all the positive things we’ve seen. I’m challenging us to focus on reasons for rejoicing. In this time, we can decide to look for those helping, and the unexpected good that has come from this trying time.
How are teachers helping?
There are countless school systems delivering meals. Teachers creating parades where they drive all over the county waving to the kids on their lawns. Many are sending letters and making phone calls to check on their students.
Community members are making donations.
Members of every community across the country are sewing masks and donating them for free to healthcare and high risk individuals. Several Facebook pages have been created to “mob local restaurants.” They post a small business restaurant each day with free advertising to encourage people to pick up carry out to help keep their doors open. There have been several stories come forward of more than generous tips to delivery service workers.
Nursing homes have family members sitting outside windows with signs and tape playing games like tic-tac-toe. Several restaurants are serving truck drivers for free. Businesses that are able hiring additional employees. Customers paying ahead for salon and other service so the owners don’t go a month without any income while they are safely keeping their doors closed.
Family time is being cherished.
Family time is showing up in photos everywhere. Meals being shared around the dinner table. Hikes and kite flying in the back yard. Outdoor projects being crossed off to-do lists. Side walk chalk, bike rides, and playing catch are overtaking rushing from one activity to the next. Having extra time together has reminded us all how much we cherish these years that go by so quickly.
And we’re helping too.
I’m thankful to share that the insurance industry has also taken seriously how we can be helpful. At our agency, you are our top priority. Your safety is invaluable to us. We are committed to serving you over the phone and through email so you feel very little interruption in your servicing needs during this time.
If you are unable to make your insurance payment for the month of April, most of our companies are offering to add it to May, or divide it over the remaining months in your term. This would allow you to skip the payment, and add it to increase the additional monthly payments until your next renewal. If this is something you need to consider, please let us know and we can put you in touch with the right department to get that handled.
We’re hopeful this is over soon. We look forward to watching us all bounce back stronger together.