Every new year brings a new opportunity for a fresh start, an opportunity to accomplish new goals, with hope that the year ahead will be better than the last. In January 2020 I personally said to myself that 2020 would be my year – I made more travel plans and set more personal goals for myself and my family than in years prior. Unfortunately, however, those plans have since been derailed. Who could predict what March 2020 would bring?
As the COVID-19 pandemic became real, many of us have had to confront uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and maybe even a little depression. This is totally Ok, as we have never been through a pandemic or any experience like this before. The closest thing I can relate this to is September 11th. Even in the aftermath of that horrific event, most businesses remained operational. With COVID-19, however, storefronts are shuttering and business offices are closing across the country. Even Disney World, which never closes, closed their doors for the indefinite future.
During a difficult time like this, we need to shift our focus to the positive outcomes that might result. I know it is hard to think of anything positive related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are many. How many of us have seen their communities coming together? People are kinder to each other and helping one another more than ever. Schools are coming together to rally and persevere through remote learning, with educators rapidly overcoming challenges with preparation and technology like never before. Local restaurants and businesses are keeping those in need fed. Many are donating their time and resources.
In addition, first responders, doctors, nurses, grocery store and other essential workers are being faced with greater challenges than ever imaginable. Nobody goes into these jobs thinking they will be faced with a pandemic. We thank all who are on the front line and sacrificing their time, health, and the wellbeing of their families for the greater good of our country. You are the real heroes of COVID-19.
I personally choose to believe that there is a silver lining to the pandemic. We are all pushed to contemplate the changes we want to make in our lives, like slowing down, spending more quality time with family, and taking time to reflect upon ourselves. We may also find that the things that once bothered us now seem petty and we are able to better put things in perspective, instead focusing on what is truly important. Now is the time to take care of yourself, your family, and your household. This is not what I, or anyone, envisioned for 2020, but being resilient is a new achievable goal for all of us!
If you have more time on your hands these days and find yourself thinking about your future, we at Davis Frame are here for you – whether you choose to work with us or not. In fact, we would love to hear from you! Reach out, even if you just want to brainstorm your new home that could be years down the line, or you are just in need of human interaction. And this goes for all of our current and future customers. We don’t want to reach out and possibly bother you during this difficult time, but feel free to reach out to us if you want to chat about your project or anything else.
Although our office is temporarily closed, our staff is working remotely and doing their best to conduct business as usual from their home offices. This is for the safety of our staff as well as for the safety of our customers. Feel free to call 800.636.0993 and leave a voice message on the general voicemail. Someone from Davis Frame will follow up with you. Also feel free to send a web inquiry.
Lastly, I saw a viral social media post the other day, encouraging folks to share photos that bring them as a distraction from what is currently going on. With that being said, I will leave you with some pictures our staff has shared to show what brings them joy. We hope this will make you smile and offer a distraction throughout it all.
Also as a side note, the beautiful landscape photo in the introduction of this blog post is Davis Frame’s original location in Brownsville, Vermont.