Just last week I was getting orders, planning our Spring Open House and very excited to show you all our new beautiful things. I left Saturday never thinking that on Monday I would be putting all orders on hold. That I would be faced with the decision of closing my shop.
Just a few days and our whole world has been turned upside down. I know many people who have been laid off. Many business owners having to close their businesses, making some really tough decisions and facing the reality that once those doors close that they have no money coming in. I along with all small businesses, am in the same situation.
There is a part of me that is really frustrated and anxious and another part of me that is hopeful and thinking all I can do is the best that I can do. So I am working really hard to keep a positive attitude, to not dwell on what I can't change or fix. (I am a big fixer) To look for the positives, there are always positives if you really look for them, and to help in any way I can.
To those of you who are in a situation to help small businesses I encourage you to do so. I am not saying this just for me but all those businesses that are affected. There have been so many posts about small businesses and one that I see repeatedly is "remember the businesses that you always ask for donations - now is the time you can give back to them."
It's human nature when things get difficult to hunker down and make sure we and our families are ok. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact it should be our first priority. And in this situation, with social distancing, necessary. But in this day and age we have the ability to stay connected even if we aren't physically going out. This means we can still support small businesses - order on line from them, order take out, buy gift certificates, take advantage of curbside pickup, leave a big tip.
Sending all of you hugs, healing thoughts and wishes for good health.