Hey guys! Welcome back. Or welcome if you are new here. I wasn’t really sure if I would speak out about the Coronavirus because I wasn’t sure what I would say or how I would talk about it. But today I have the day off and as I sit at home and spend a great deal of time on the internet, something sparked inside of me and I felt the need to share it.
For those who don’t know I do work at a local grocery store. We are one of few that has not shut down or cut down hours. We are still open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The shelves are constantly being stocked and people are constantly buying things. It never ends. And because of that, I wanted to share something that I feel on my heart.
I have worked at this store for two months now. It hasn’t been the most fun or the easiest. There are days when I come home too exhausted to do anything else. But during the past week I have gone to new heights and pushed myself even further to do my part and help keep things going. It is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly.
And as I sit here on my day off I see all the people who have lost their jobs, have been quarantined, who aren’t sure what is going to happen. I see all the people struggling with not having money, not being able to buy food and pay their bills, and not being prepared for something like this. And this made me realize how thankful I am to do the job that I do. I am thankful that I still have a job and that I am able to go to work.
All of this has helped me the significance of what I do. In a time like this people are depending very heavily on grocery stores and cleaning staff more than usual. And my hope is that people will be able to recognize that and see the value in what we do. So often we get looked down on or criticized for the profession that we are in. But I hope the people who belittle us realize who they are turning to in this time of needing food and supplies for their families.
I am thankful that I have a job that I am still able to do in a time like this. And even though it is scary and gives me a ton of anxiety, I am thankful that people are seeing the value and significance in what we do. So if you go out to a store, any store, please thank the people who are working. Be nice to them. Don’t yell and curse at them for not having the things you want or need. Because while you are only there for an hour, most of them will be there for more than eight hours that day and they will get up the next day and do it all again.
So be nice to the people working in stores. Be nice to the health care workers who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe and healthy. Be nice to law enforcement who are still out keeping your community safe. Be nice to everyone. You have no idea what is going on in their life and the struggles that they are facing. Let’s let this virus bring us closer together, not tear us apart. This is a virus that doesn’t see gender or race. It doesn’t see religious views or age. It doesn’t care about any of that. So be kind and remember to wash your hands and stay safe!