It took me a long time to decide what to write for this month’s “welcome”.
I thought I could write an incredibly impactful message about leadership. I could focus on the type of leader we need right now; the type of leader we should all aspire to; the characteristics required to lead through a crisis. But I am too sad and too grateful right now.
I am heartbroken for all the people who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19 yet grateful for my own family’s health and well-being.
I am sad Easter Sunday came and went without our usual crowd for dinner yet I am grateful that I have a “usual crowd” who will come next year.
I am sad for all the people who are lonely in this world yet grateful that I am not.
I am sad I can’t physically be with my granddaughter yet grateful we have tools like FaceTime, What’s App and others. (Even though she ends my call abruptly when her friends are calling in).
I am sad I can’t visit my friend who has cancer yet grateful her MRI showed the tumour is shrinking.
I am sad I can’t help my neighbour with her grandchildren yet grateful the fire they experienced last week was limited to their garage.
I am grateful my two millennial kids have not moved out of the house, they are great company.
I am grateful for a husband who shops, cooks and cleans.
I am grateful for my MCE team including our trainers and thank them for their commitment to our customers.
I am grateful for our wonderful, understanding customers and course participants and look forward to the day we can meet face to face again.
I am grateful for the strength and calm of my leaders.
I am sad yet grateful for so much more.
It is ok to be sad; it is healing to be grateful.
Please take care and reach out to let us know how you are doing.