I love my job. I also love the company I work for. I started as an assistant to my son three years ago and in 2018 I became a licensed Realtor with F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors. I am still my son's assistant, however, I have had more hands on training with clients in all sorts of areas and it has helped me be a better person and I could never thank my son enough for this opportunity.
Yesterday, while listening to a sales meeting over Zoom in the midst of crisis week 1 of this pandemic, the first order of business was talking about unemployment for self employed people. Something that has not been offered before, but, because of this horrible time we are living in, it has been extended to Realtors as well. After that information session was done, our managers started naming the names of my colleagues that have had an incredible March. There were records broken in sales and so many people had such a great month and first quarter, including our team.
After the meeting was over, I felt my heart sink. To think of how great the first quarter was for so many people (not just in our company) but in so many other businesses in our country only to be told the best way to file for unemployment at the beginning of quarter two was just heartbreaking. I have to say, my work family is a large bunch of positive, caring people who want to serve their communities regardless, so I know we will bounce back just fine, but I began to think of those who may have a harder struggle to come back. Those whose jobs just might not exist anymore or who through this crisis have found out that their company wasn't what they thought it was and have been left alone to pick up the pieces and now, need to find out what to do next.
I have lived through situations when there was no income and I had small mouths to feed. I know that fear first hand. I also know the feeling of when your whole life changes with a blink of an eye and you have no idea which way to go next. I also know a few things that worked for my family during those times to help us pick up the pieces and get going again.
First, you are allowed to be sad that something fell apart, but don't dwell there. You have to move on from it not only physically, but in your attitude and thoughts. I have quoted a favorite Disney song so many times in my blogs it should ring in your ears by now, but "LET IT GO". This is the only way to start the healing process in your life.
Secondly, you need to change your expectations and possibly your life. This may be the time to change your career or add another skill to your arsenal through education of some sort. Don't keep thinking about what your path was before, find what is your best path NOW.
The third step is to give yourself small goals to conquer so that your confidence will have time to grow and so will your network of "helpers". Reach out to others that are going through similar situations and ask how they are dealing with it. Be creative in what types of goals you want to meet and be happy with yourself as you accomplish each goal. You may have to take some smaller jobs to meet the necessities now, but, keep on your path to the larger one on the horizon.
As the lengthy process of healing moves about slowly, instead of being buried by the task at hand, let the power of being an underdog motivate you! Someday, you will want to tell future generations of how you made it through the COVID 19 Pandemic of 2020 and how much strength it took to pick up the pieces.
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Healing Human Photo Credit: Ryoji Iwata