Hi everybody, Jody Ann Johnson here with the 56th! episode of Coffee with Jody.
Today in the month of December, we’re going to talk a little bit about celebration and a little bit about giving. I’m going to share a quick paragraph from Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”. with you too.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going directly the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. The opening paragraph of “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens
I was thinking about this paragraph as I was preparing for this particular episode of Coffee with Jody, because we have seen some of the best in people and some of the worst in people. I always think, when people are behaving badly, that they’re afraid on some level and that’s what allows them to behave that way. But I’ve also seen enormous generosity, the generosity of spirit, that’s going to be required to ensure that 20 million or so people here in the United States that are at risk for going without food and have amassed according to the studies over $5,000 in back rent, electricity and utility bills.
For me, in this time of celebration and giving, I was looking back and thinking to myself, we have my family and, in our firm, a lot to celebrate. we’re able to pay our bills. Yes, we’re people who also received the PPP money and EIDL loan and were able to keep things going because we lost clients as well. We are grateful for the clients that stuck with us. We’re grateful that no one we know and love actually died from this terrible disease. In that I’m thinking about the phrase “Of those who have been given much, much will be asked.” Our food banks and our faith based organizations that help with rent and utility bills are being stretched beyond their ability to serve this population.
So, what can we do as business owners and leaders in the community? One, we can think local and support our local businesses here who keep people employed, and then that trickles down to the families. We can look at how much we can set aside dollar-wise to contribute to a place like St. Vincent de Paul in the Catholic church, or any of the other faith based organizations that do this kind of support work, of Feeding America and all of their local chapters.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs start with the basics of food, water and shelter, and a great number of us are for that right now. I ask you how can you give as an expression of your ability to celebrate what’s going well in your world to somebody who’s less fortunate, please share that.
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