In the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, my current profession of author-speaker, and leader of a company that helps women-owned businesses reach the revenue benchmark of $1M, is considered non-essential. If you get Webster’s input on that, it means I’m not absolutely necessary and I’m not important. Where does your job fall in the “essential” and “non-essential” argument?
If there is a silver lining to the era in which we’re living, it might be in that the pedestal upon which we’re accustomed to placing tech geniuses, CEO’s, lawyers, stockbrokers, and political strategists is nowhere to be found. Instead, the “essential” folks are the clerks at our grocery store, those who are stocking the shelves with toilet paper and cleaning materials, those who are delivering our food and our mail, those hauling away our trash each week….and those facing down the deadly virus against which we are all fighting. But up until six weeks ago, how many of those individuals would tell you they felt invisible, that they didn’t really matter? Truthfully, how often did you even speak to them or notice them?