11 Things COVID-19 Has Given Us A New Appreciation For

Posted by Dave Reyburn on Apr 6, 2020 2:54 PM

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So. Who else’s head is spinning after living in the epic sci-fi/reality series our lives have become?

Every day, we wake up to a new episode with new characters, new plot lines, new threats to our health and safety. Just when you think you’ve processed the latest development, there’s another development. Incoming!

What keeps us off the ledge at REMEDI?

Perspective, for one.

This isn’t our first national black swan event—though it’s surely the black swan-iest yet. Another tool that works for us is focusing on the positive aspects of the pandemic, of which—hard to believe as it can be after 30 minutes of morning news— we enjoy an abundance.

Here then, is our list of things we have a new appreciation for since Covid-19 avalanched its way into our lives.

1. Our Clients and Consultants

This event has made us realize that we have the privilege of serving and working with people whose efforts are unseen but felt everywhere by everybody in this country. Companies who make, package or deliver the products America depends on most—beef, bread, hand sanitizer, and reliable electricity to name just a few of the vital goods and services we’re proud to play a part in making sure they keep flowing.

2. Funny Stuff

If it’s true that laughter is the best medicine, we’ll need all the chuckles we can get while we’re waiting on the Covid-19 vaccine. Here’s how one local news reporter is coping with the disorienting effects of prolonged sheltering in place.

3. People at Their Best When Things Are at Their Worst

There are hundreds of stories like this one but we’re partial to this story since we support the logistics and transportation links in the supply chain.

4. Random Acts of Generosity

No sector has been left untouched by the pandemic, yet some businesses and their employees have been hit harder than others. This Atlanta restaurant owner, funded by community donations, is providing free lunches to the city’s food workers.

5. Experts We Can Trust

The Covid-19 crisis has made media stars of Kentucky and New York’s chief executives, but Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton deserve a big shout out for so skillfully managing a fluid and potential deadly health crisis. With headquarters in the Buckeye state, we’re thankful for daily updates that never fail to calm and inform.

6. Things We Can Control

While we wait with the rest of country for widespread Covid-19 testing and ultimately a vaccine, it’s reassuring to know that to a large degree protecting ourselves is in our hands.

7. Real Superheroes

Even if you don’t live in NYC, this display of Big Apple appreciation will make you want to salute the city’s front-line healthcare professionals and other essential workers.

8. How Much We Need Teachers and Schools

You don’t have to be currently homeschooling to agree today’s teachers and schools deserve more gratitude. If you are, we salute your commitment to your kids; they’ll never forget the time you spent together.

9. The Meaning of United

In a simple example of how shared adversity can bring people together, the Central Ohio Joint Fire District took the time to post this photo to their Facebook feed to thank the person who took the time to thank them for all they do.

10. Employees

Right now, there’s an army on the frontlines of our war with the novel Coronavirus and they’re putting themselves in harm’s way so they can feed their families and we can feed ours. There aren’t enough words to adequately express our appreciation.

11. Collaboration

Since the outbreak began, scientists around the globe have been putting aside personal agendas and nationalities to join forces against a threat that crosses all borders and affects every country on the planet.

We’re All In This Together

Who knows how deep and far-reaching the economic impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak will be, or how much different the world outside will be when it’s finally safe to return to it.

Until we can, we have two requests.

One, if you see a story that inspires you or makes you appreciate something or someone in a new way, please share it on our LinkedIn thread—our goal is to add at least one story a day until the pandemic is over.

Two, the next time something you desperately need is there when you need it in the days and weeks ahead, take a moment to be grateful for reliable EDI and supply chain integration technology—and more importantly, the unseen but essential mappers, architects, managers, coordinators, manufacturers, truck drivers and warehouse staff who are keeping America safe, sound, and fed.

Lastly, let us know if you need EDI and integration help now. REMEDI can deliver vetted, versatile full and part-time resources who can jump in to help you serve current customers and respond to new opportunities.

Explore our managed EDI and integration services or feel free to schedule a no-cost assessment to discuss your integration challenges.

In the meantime, be safe and hang in there. We’ll get through this together.

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