Looking back over the past week or so I cannot actually pinpoint where all of this seemed to really look and feel so different.
For so many of us life as we know it is now dramatically different for us than it was at the beginning of 2020. The days just feel different don't they?
Here in Canada our Government is emphasizing the importance of self isolation and shutting down non essential businesses left right and centre. The new reality we are facing as a Country but also as a global community is having such a huge impact on numerous industries and this virus has left the hospitality industry in its wake.
This past week I spoke to clients (and friends) that were in tears because of their inability to remain open, others who have had to file for bankruptcy, others who have had to fire nearly 50 people in one day. I remind you that all of these people own small to medium sized businesses and the reality of laying off close to 50 people is something I never thought I would have to see.
While in these conversations with my clients I so badly want to brainstorm with them to create so genius plan or I want to be able to offer some incredible advice on how to make it through this pandemic we are facing. But the reality is that I don't have a plan or a great idea or some cool innovative approach to weathering this storm, what I do have is an ear and I am here to listen and learn as much as I can.
To anyone of you that listens to this podcast or reads these posts please know that you are not alone and there are so many people that are ready and willing to be there for you whenever you may need them and I would like for you to consider me that person for you as well.
This is hard.
There is nothing about our current situation that is easy. However I am hopeful bordering on confident that we will all come out of this thing in much better shape than before and when that happens I cannot wait to celebrate all of that with you.