Early in the pandemic, Chris had the idea to deliver flower seeds out to all our local clients as a way to shift the focus – or create a distraction – from the daily news. We scheduled a call every Friday to connect with everyone on a regular basis to have an open discussion and offer the opportunity to brag about our gardening prowess. As we got into a weekly routine, the conversations moved from reports on news out of the government sector, with Phil giving updates on the moving targets surrounding programs and policy, to Chris discussing the behavior of the capital markets and the economy.
As I took on the “Green Thumb Report” each week, it became firstly, more and more apparent that some of our clients are amazing gardeners. Tales – with photo evidence – of daisies, nasturtium, summer squash and tomatoes came over the wire. It also started to be a forum for the sharing of how we all worked in our own ways to adjust and adapt to the changes in our daily lives.
The seed, the calls and the ensuing discussions were really about the importance of connection. As a team, Phil, Chris and I started a daily FaceTime call to support the safety of our families and clients. Truth be told, this call to start each day gave us a level of contact we seldom had as the day-to-day of our business often had us going in different directions.
The impact of the pandemic on our lives and livelihoods can’t be minimized. It brings me hope and promise for our future to see people and businesses adapt and evolve to find success – all based on human connection.