In my previous blog, I discussed what we have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. As stated, the vaccine is now readily available in the U.S. While the return to normalcy is not a linear accent, it does seem the return to our pre-pandemic world is in sight. Some have faced relatively minor changes to their lives, and others have had enormous disruptions. It is the latter group that may have longer-term struggles.
It’s time to invest!
I’m not talking about your financial portfolio (although that should also be discussed) but rather investing in people. For those consumed by the pandemic, a return to more normal life will have challenges. The psychological effects of the past 14 or 15 months have been traumatic for some people.
Just as many of the disruptions of life were created by people, the return to normalcy will also be made by people. As we creep out of this pandemic, not everyone will be willing to come out of their shelters. They will remain gripped for fear. The lack of interaction with people has magnified their fear.
Lace up and rise up
Recently my Church Community Group discussed the people in our lives that positively impacted us. The conversation was prompted by a sermon we had heard earlier that day. Basically, we learned it is time to lace up and rise up. We realized that perhaps it is our time to invest our time, talent, and treasures in impacting others positively.
Like any plan for investing, there is additional planning to be done. Like financial investing, we know the returns take time to be apparent. Unlike financial investing, we may never know for sure what the return is. The goal of this effort need not be huge to have a tremendous impact.
Last year I wrote about DREAM SMALL and referenced a song by that title by Josh Wilson. Here’s the verse I referenced:
“It’s visiting the widow down the street. Or dancing on a Friday with your friend with special needs. These simple moments change the world. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with bigger dreams. Just don’t miss the minutes on your way, your bigger things, no ‘Cause these simple moments change the world.”
As we return to “normal,” remember that the return may be a challenge for some. The act of sharing coffee or a meal can make a big difference in someone’s life, especially if they have lacked in human interaction. Sometimes the impact is even more significant when lending a hand to someone you don’t know.
This is a topic I would be interested in hearing your input on. Let’s continue to exercise good habits to do our part in getting past this pandemic. At the same time, don’t forget it is time to lace up and get out there. Bring someone with you!