One of the first things I do in the morning is to grab a cup of hot chocolate or tea. Why? Because I can’t stand the taste of coffee, and that’s my coffee. I know. I’m a weird breed. I used to work for Starbucks because at the time I was married and my then-husband loved it. He would frequent them so I figured since he loved it so much I might as well work for them. It took a little while to adapt but I became very proficient at making coffee drinks that were delicious and creative. I learned a lot about pairing coffee with certain foods. I think that’s one of the reasons that I still enjoy the smell of coffee, I just can’t stomach the taste though. I will still go to a Starbucks about once a month if that. I’m not going to get into the politics of why people should or shouldn’t go. Since I worked for them, I understand that a majority of the employees there are just trying to make a living. There may be a few bad apples but I can’t let the actions of a few people in the company keep me from helping to support the local Starbucks when I know many of the baristas there have families and are trying to get by.
There are a lot of places that have been affected by COVID-19. You may have been let go from one or work for one. Many of us are doing everything we can to stay safe during this questionable time in our lives. Recently I discovered one of the places I used to frequent is not having their servers wear masks or gloves when serving. That scares me. I recognize that people are trying to make a living but to not wear the masks or gloves during this time is questionable at best. People may not think that COVID is a big deal but never in my life have so many businesses been forced to close due to an illness. There are so many with compromised immune systems that taking risks like that are playing with people’s lives. I’m all for supporting places especially during these times, but businesses have a responsibility to protect not just their staff but their customers as well.
Many customers have taken to online ordering and curbside pick-up. I have gone out a few times but it’s rare. I don’t trust Mainstream Media but there is so much hysteria that has been built up regarding this disease that I’m not willing to take a chance with my health or those I love. I have many seniors that are in my life through church, work, and family and I’m not living in fear but I do take precautions to ensure their safety as well as my own. I try to go to a few different restaurants at least two to three times a week but rarely dine in. I’ve mentioned before that I have asthma. Wearing a mask is very difficult for me for an extended period. Since I work by myself most of the time, I don’t wear one in the office but when someone comes in, I put one on. I keep my hands washed and hand sanitizer handy. Gloves are readily available as well for both me and customers.
The businesses that are still open need all the support they can get. If they have online shopping, you may look at that resource to help them remain in business. Remember that not all jobs in this world make a lot of money. Servers, hostesses, bartenders, chefs, kitchen staff, and many other positions, have all had their workload cut into dramatically and their paychecks have suffered too. Many people lost their jobs and are having a difficult time finding and keeping work during this pandemic. Let a little holiday magic into your heart and help where you can. All jobs are important to keep the economy moving and growing. Let’s find ways of helping each other. There may come a time that you are the one that gets left out in the cold. If you are currently unemployed, don’t lose hope. Keep trying. Someone will eventually say “yes” to you. Don’t lose faith in yourself. Times may be hard, but we are a strong group of people who will rise to the challenges because we have one common denominator. We all recognize that it takes money to keep this world going and for money to keep it going, that means we all play a pivotal role in the growth of this world. If we all stop trying, that’s the day that we might as well close up our shops for good. Money is not the most important resource in this world. But it does help pay the bills. It’s a crucial part of being able to survive. Even more important than money is love. Because without faith, hope, confidence, love, compassion, determination, grit, and endurance, the only thing left is hopelessness. We may be dealing with an unusual holiday season but it’s filled with love, growth, dreams, and encouragement. Those are some of the best tools and resources we can give each other. So if there are shops and other businesses near you that you’ve never visited or know that they need the business, consider what you can do to be part of the solution. We all need a boost. Make it count. Stay safe everyone.