Unprecedented times


What really does that mean?  The dictionary says; without previous instance; never before known or experienced; in examples or unparalleled.  There’s a lot of truth in that definition.  I can’t remember a time in my life except for when I was a teenager and grounded to the house that I was told I couldn’t go anywhere, couldn’t visit friends or family, couldn’t go to work or couldn’t go shopping even if it was to window shop.  Sheltering in place is really like being grounded.  You get agitated cause although you have a pile of books to read, lots of TV to watch, movies to choose from, social media (didn’t have that when I was a kid), homework to do, cleaning, the list goes on, you just can’t seem to focus on any of it. Why?  Because what is going on in our world is unfreakingbelievable.  That’s my word, well one I heard somewhere and took as my own.  So, instead of reading the books, watching the tv or doing the homework, I have been praying for the heroes in scrubs, the people I don’t even know that have the Coronavirus and those that are making sure we have food and toilet paper.  Why?  Because THEY are being extremely inconvenienced, THEY leaving their family behind to help those in need.  THEY aren’t complaining about their kids being home learning virtually or that they can’t go shopping, they aren’t complaining to all of their friends on Facebook about how hard they have it right now.  They are just doing what they never signed up for, putting their lives in danger to save others.  

As I write down these thoughts that have been going through my head for several weeks now, it makes me realize even more than I did before I started that it can always be worse.  I try to live my life in appreciation for those around me and for the life I have been given.  Like many of you, I went to the thoughts of how the COVID-19 is going to affect me.  As humans, we are made to think of survival first.  It’s just natural.  Don’t beat yourself up if you went out and hoarded all of the toilet paper, paper towels and kleenex you could get in the first few days of this pandemic.  But, do share with others that may need it now.  As a small business owner, my dream come true shuddered for a few weeks.  As the cancelations flooded in, understandably so, the tears flooded out of me.  The survival human in me kicked in and panic set in my guts.  Compiled on top of that came too much time on my hands, not normal for a busy entrepreneur, which gave for more time to think and worry.  Time to think about how I got to where I was in my entrepreneurial journey of 7 years, 9 months.  The sweat, tears, long hours, joy and love that got me to where I am today.  Add in the news, people complaining on Facebook about how rough their lives are now and the financial impact, both mine and the world.  

Where did this all take me?  Back to where I started pretty much.  3:28 am and not changing a thing.  And, that’s ok.  Life has changed.  And, I’m blessed.  If you are reading this right now, so are you.  Because you have time to read it.  Maybe you’re working at home now for your job and took a break.  Maybe you’re helping your kids learn virtually and got a little break while they do some work on their own.  And, maybe you are in the same spot I am, all of the sudden, you have a ton of time on your hands.  No matter what, you are blessed.  Thinking of my blessings every day has always nurtured me.  That doesn’t mean every day is rainbows and daisies.  It’s a work in progress.  One day at a time is how I got to my life today.  Is it perfect even when everything is going great?  Nope.  But, showing up every day for me is number one.  Then, I can give to others which is my favorite thing to do.  

One of the many reasons that I am in the business of providing service is because that is what I’m good at.  I absolutely love making people and their pets happy.  It’s a win-win for me.  I have a special connection with furry animals, one that is really hard to explain in words.  I have had many clients share with me that their pet has never liked a person when first meeting them as much as they seem to like me.  It’s music to my ears. Fuel to my happy fire.  Which brings me to the connection with pet parents, providing them peace of mind, sharing that special bond they have with their furry family, caring and loving their fur babies while they are away.  It’s a gift that I am thankful for daily.  Even today when I am not seeing many of them, I am grateful.  

Reflecting they say is a way to see what you may not see when you are in the trenches, doing the work and being what you set out to be.  It’s good for the soul and  mind, especially now.  So, if you are struggling to get through your days, however much or little they have changed, take time to count your blessings.  Think back, through the hard times and the good times.  If you pray, spend a few moments praying for those that are less fortunate than you.  Those that are putting their lives in danger to keep you and your family safe.  Or, maybe those on their last square of TP.  :). Just remember that it could always be worse.  You are not alone.  We are all in this together and we will get through this together – paraphrased from our Governor Andy Beshear who is rocking our worlds here in Kentucky.  We are blessed.  We are sheltered in place, there is help for whatever we may need right now, reach out if you need something.  Be safe and be well.  


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