America, The Come-Back Kids
When the pandemic hit the country, the world for that matter in 2020. Life as we knew it came to a halt. Right before our eyes, everything changed. Businesses shut down, people were losing their jobs. Schools were closing, sports events had to be canceled.
Hospitals were overwhelmed with patients who had gotten covid-19. Millions of people had lost their lives. People had to start wearing masks. This new thing called social distancing had us where we could no longer embrace one another with hugs, smiles, or handshakes. In some instances we had curfews.
Businesses were losing customers or were going out of business. Parents had to take off work to be home with their children due to daycare services were closing their doors right alongside the schools, colleges, department stores, hair salons, barbershops, nail shops, and bars. You name it, it closed. If they didn't close, they were struggling to stay open. Some even having to lay off their employees. It was scary and it was hard!
Our country was on lockdown, covid-19 had taken over and it was bad, real bad!
Welcome, to the second half of 2021 and the vaccine.
While many Americans were dealing with covid-19 and the loss of family members, loved ones, and friends.
The rest of the country had to figure out what they were going to do. A lot of people realized, we can’t stop we have to keep going. There are people out there who depend on each other for food, shelter, warmth, and everything in-between. Not to mention their sanity!
Mirror, mirror on the wall I always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk, or have to crawl. I will set my goals and achieve them all. Author Unknown
Americans got creative.
After being on lockdown for months and months Americans started getting creative.
Incfile an entrepreneur resource blog tells us there are 31.7 small businesses in this country. 15 million of them are home-based businesses. I believe a great deal of these home-based businesses started because of and during the pandemic.
No matter what comes against Americans as a whole we are the comeback kids.
Roy Maurer wrote a piece on the website SHRM that 4.5 million people quit their jobs in November of 2021.
I believe Americans are searching for better opportunities, looking to be more valued. Tired of making someone else rich and not being appreciated or rewarded for their time, effort, and devotion in the workplace.
Example: In 2021 John Deer went on strike.
Caused by disagreements over the terms of the new labor contract. Goals higher wages and new pension agreements. The outcome, it worked!
While John Deer employees stood their ground and banded together. I applauded them for believing they are worth more than just numbers on a spreadsheet. They represent another side of the comeback kids living in America. By banding together, they left their jobs and came back after they got what they wanted. Good for them!
There is another segment of American come-back kids who are willing to take risks rather than settle for the status quo?
Women! America’s Backbone
Whether she is White, Black, Chinese, or Spanish, woman are truly the backbone of every community in this country, and around the world.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it and delivered girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honor are her clothing. Proverbs 31
That was written over 2000 years ago and still stands true to this day.
According to Fundera, more and more women have home-based businesses. There are 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Women who have become business owners and entrepreneurs have grown 114 percent.
America wouldn’t make it without the soul of a woman.
Even though every night on the news all we hear are bad, hateful, and discouraging reporting. Kindness, love, and affection are running through our veins more than is being reported. We truly are a country of small-town heroes and never give uppers.
I believe Americans are kicking their faith into overdrive and looking to God to guide them to the promised land where there’s got to be more to life than what’s being offered in the job market of working more hours for less pay.
As each of us has received a gift from God we are to, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
Letting it be known that we as Americans are the true comeback kids when we all band together for what we believe under any circumstance whether it be a pandemic, hurricane, or any disaster that comes our way!