Please and Thank You

Right now, we are living in unprecedented times. Everyone I speak with about COVID-19, both young and old, say the same thing: “I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime.” 

Yet, it has been encouraging to see so many people come together in ways we do not normally see. From people offering to go grocery shopping for shut-ins to people volunteering at local food banks to the general sense of empathy we are witnessing across the world. These small actions say a great deal about our global culture. 

We are a resilient people. 

Yet, in all of this, there is a group of people we can tend to overlook when we get into our own self-protective modes: the healthcare worker, the grocery store clerk, the gas station attendant, the pharmacy technician, the delivery person, the law enforcement officer, the restaurant employee, etc.

You get the idea. 

The people filling these roles are our national heroes during this current crisis. While much of the world has shut down and workers around the globe seek shelter within the safety of their homes, so many people get up every single day for one purpose: to serve you and me. 

The workers deserve our utmost respect and appreciation. 

Please… say “Please.” Then follow that with, “Thank You.” 

I get it. You have a lot on your mind right now. You are worried for the safety of your loved ones, especially those who are among the highest risk. 

Guess what?

So is the worker who is helping you at the healthcare facility, gas station, grocery store or restaurant. Behind their smile and “How may I help you?” is the same anxiety and fear you are facing. They, too, have Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters, Grandma and Grandpas, children and partners. They, too, are worried for their own safety. 

All the while taking care of your needs and wants. 

So please… say “Please” and “Thank you.” 

Please?

Thank you. 

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