While I personally had a pretty darn good week, a lot of people around me have not fared so well. So many people are still struggling with the shutdowns that continue in many places across the world including right here in the USA. While more places are opening up, many businesses are having problems finding those who are willing to work at time. But, despite the narrative being given that people are not willing to return to work because they are getting more money by staying at home, it seems that many are still very afraid of this virus because all of the fear that has been instilled in them for so long. And others are having problems in taking employment because of the need to wear masks for long periods of time and/or the directive to take a shot or you can’t be hired.
“It seems that so many people are just feeling so helpless with regard to their personal situation and don’t know where to turn for help or encouragement. If we just let them know that someone is there for them, that someone cares about them and loves them dearly, it does make a difference in their lives. “Barbara Jacoby
Several other friends have had a pretty tough week at work because of the political narratives that are in constant sharing more and more these days on both sides and all sorts of special trainings to which they are forced to attend despite their own personal beliefs or tenets. But, since I can’t join them in all of their various work situations, I can listen to what they have to say, provide any insight into how they may want to deal with others in these situations and, most importantly, just share my love.
I noticed that when I am having a tough time of it, if I just tell my husband or a friend about what I am feeling, if I can just get a big hug, even if it can only be a virtual one, there is nothing that is more helpful. Just to know that another person cares and is willing to give a part of themselves to us as their efforts to help and support us makes all the difference. When not in close proximity, I always pick up the phone to find out how the other person is doing just to let them know that I care. And they always know that extra prayers are coming their way and I am always there to listen should they choose to share their situation.
I have also noticed that there are a lot of others around me at these times that are having a tough time of it because of the current financial situation. I really feel badly for those who are in a crunch not because of crazy spending and debt because of their having to buy “stuff” but those who have been doing their very best and have been struggling from paycheck to paycheck for some time. Although I am not in a financial situation to help in a monetary way, I let them know that I am there for them and that I will do anything that I can to be there for them especially if their situation goes from bad to worse.
It seems that so many people are just feeling so helpless with regard to their personal situation and don’t know where to turn for help or encouragement. If we just let them know that someone is there for them, that someone cares about them and loves them dearly, it does make a difference in their lives. That is the very least that each of us can do, if you ask me.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.