December 01, 2021

POV: Connect with What Matters

Welcome to the final month of the year, the time when things both amp up and slow down...

and a time when we reflect on the past year.  Let’s be real – it has been an incredibly challenging couple of years. From my experience, even if one thing (work) is going well there seems to be a hiccup or two with the other things (personal, work-life balance). 

I doubt I am alone when I answer, “Yeah I am alright”, with a slight twinge of the lips and head tilt, almost to signal that I clearly don’t have a clue. I have learned this is the nature of things right now.  I recently read a book, The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia. Published in 2015, the book is set during the time of the Mexican Revolution and the onset of the Spanish Flu. The author goes into great lengths to describe what it was like to have a pandemic devastate a town, the isolation that many experienced, and the somber renewal when folks started to get back to existence a mere three months after being in quarantine. As I was reading this I was so moved by own experiences, since March 2020, and also profoundly struck with how familiar it felt.  

As I reflect these days I often wonder what will be said of us a hundred years from now. Did we learn to be more innovative in our business practices and be more efficient? Did we connect more with what matters most in our lives? Did we push back on a global economy or embrace it? Did we embrace the teachings of old and preserve our supplies and take better care of our land? Did we preserve local business and local enterprise?  

I am so curious about these things and am I hopeful history does us all justice. Because what I also know is that while it has been rough, there has also been so much light. I am seeing the goodness in people. I have been following Tia Stokes’s journey (though she doesn’t know it) as she fought for her life amidst a Leukemia diagnosis and treatment and COVID-19 and how the community rallied to be supportive. In the wake of Thy Vu being killed in an awful automobile accident, the community rallied to support her husband and family. We are good people here in Utah. I am convinced of it more and more. So in this holiday season, as we connect with loved ones and give service to others, I ask that each of us think deeply about ways that we can do a little more. Maybe you can buy holiday gifts from nonprofits (Clever Octopus has art kits, Wasatch Community Acupuncture provides gift cards, and Flourish Bakery has the most delicious sweets and breads you can hope for), make a donation to your favorite nonprofit (perhaps in the name of someone you know who has passed on), and/or sign up to volunteer at nonprofit you know, love and trust.  

This holiday season I want each of you to know that I appreciate and value you. I am hopeful for our future and I am inspired by the goodness in each of us.  

Lastly, if you know of a nonprofit social enterprise, tell me about it, I am still holiday shopping!