We Still Can’t Do It Alone.

We Still Can’t Do It Alone.

Detail of "Sharing Wisdom", a watercolor by Cheryl McDonald
Detail of “Sharing Wisdom”, a watercolor by Cheryl McDonald

This is a post I wrote in June 2018, Today April 6, 2020, this statement is even more true.

No Matter what you are doing you need a team.

Sometimes they are collaborators, sometimes they are suppliers, sometimes they are employees. Sometimes they are simply a supporter of what you are doing. Often that is the most important category.

Surround yourself with people who appreciate who you are and what you do. Surround yourself with people who will give you honest feedback. We don’t usually get it right the first time, and it helps to have someone who will say ” What if you did it this way or added that instead?”

It takes a village to grow more than just a child.

And Now In the midst of this Pandemic, it is even more clear that we are a global community, not only are we in a battle against this tiny little virus for our health, but we are in a battle for our global economy, And it is clearer than ever that politics need to be put aside and allow the experts to lead us through this.

We also need to consider the smaller aspects of our own communities, businesses, even families and neighbors. Most of us are isolating in our homes, not only for our benefit, but for the doctors, nurses and other emergency workers who are dealing with the sickness that is covering every community on the planet.

Even though we are isolating, we can be of service in many ways, checking on neighbors, sharing our bounty when we get lucky enough to score an extra large haul of produce from our gardens or a bulk purchase that is more than we can consume. Creating silly videos, to share or giving free access to concerts, or art museums or opportunities for learning for our house-bound children who are still trying to get an education. Many are making masks for Healthcare workers and many companies are re-tooling to make supplies needed to fight the virus.

Small businesses are finding ways to share their products and trying to stay afloat until the economy reopens. Ordering food for pick-up or delivery from your favorite neighborhood restaurants, helps keep them open.

I am painting cards and selling on Etsy. I can’t participate in art fairs or farmers markets right now so this is the only way I can make a little extra income to stay in business. I am creating and sending out little pieces of custom handmade joy that become gifts for loved ones and friends.

We are a worldwide village and we need to keep supporting and taking care of each other.

Yes, this is difficult, and yes we will get through it, many of our ancestors have been through this or worse. We can do this, but we can’t do it alone.

Finding ways to add some joy each day make take some doing, (somedays are harder than others), however there is much to still be grateful for and I try to take note of it in my journal daily. Find that in your life and it will make it all a little easier.

Today I am grateful for rain, for grandchildren happily playing in the other room, for delicious fresh bread made by my son-in-law, and an opportunity to make art for a person I have only met through Etsy.

It’s going to be a good day.

Please take care of yourself and your community and I hope you have a happy day as well.

Cheryl