Make Hay While the Sun Shines
Take action to secure against all threats
On March 12, 2020, the 2019-20 school year was dealt its first delay because of the COVID19 pandemic. The disruption to routine schooling provided a small glimpse of the inevitable shut-down that would follow. There was urgency placed into every action with the hopes of launching new online educational portals, continuing food assistance to students, and the necessity of establishing safety protocols to protect workers from exposure to the deadly virus. Indeed, we had entered into uncharted waters.
It was more than a month later 04/20/2020 that the newswire broadcast the unthinkable, schools would remain closed for the remainder of the year. There would be no graduation ceremony, no Spring sports, and no time to say farewell to fellow classmates and favorite teachers. Life was changed and individual freedoms once taken for granted were suspended.
So, what do we do now? The majority of the workforce is under Stay at Home orders, businesses are closed, and those that are able to remain open are operating on skeleton crews to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Although the circumstances aren’t ideal, there’s still a lot that can be done with this downtime to affect a positive outcome. I offer the saying by Helen Keller “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”. We must take from this the idea that all is not lost, just shuffled around a little bit. Perhaps, there must be a restructuring of our priorities and a new focus on what we can achieve rather than dwelling on what we have lost out on.
Certainly, there is a long list of “to-do” items that have been taking the backseat to more pressing issues that had once required your attention. Now there is ample time to complete the tasks that procrastination has placed at the end of the line. Practical farming advice like “make hay while the sun shines” needs to be enacted to capitalize on this brief opportunity that has been afforded us. Look over the laundry list of items that need to be addressed and engage them. Routine inspections, facility repairs, or the addition of proactive safety layers are just a few of the many items for consideration. There is no longer an excuse to delay but rather an opportunity to be taken advantage of.
The past decade has proven that we live in a society of hidden dangers and prevalent violence that until recently we have been ill-equipped to combat. Use this downtime to research methods to combat violence in schools and workplaces, to increasing sanitation of spaces, and providing safer work and school environments. There is no time like the present to begin the change you wish to make.
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In closing, please remember that you are not alone. We are all in this together.
Be aware, proactive, and safe.
Bill Barna President, Bolo Stick LLC
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