What to write... One innkeeper wrote on my Facebook page, "I've been missing your posts." I realize it has been almost a month since I blogged. Our world is so uncertain. Massive challenges including worldwide pandemics and natural disasters occur.
One thing about me is that I'm an avid reader. In fact, I was a school librarian for ten years. I got to thinking about Oprah's book What I Know For Sure. Four of her points stood out to me as very applicable advice for the current times.
"What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)" (Oprah)
I do believe that when we are kind to others, we tend to attract kindness in return. Now more than ever is a time for local communities to support each other. Even if it's best to practice "social distancing" there are still things we can do to pull together (figuratively). Let's focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.
"Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you." (Oprah)
We do not have to be victims of our circumstances. There are things that we can proactively do to continue to be in business. I noticed that many innkeepers are promoting their gift certificates at a discounted rate. This is something you can receive income for now even if you are not allowed to be open your doors to guests (to prevent the spread of this global health pandemic).
"Every day brings a chance to start over." (Oprah)
The good news is that we never have to repeat a day. What we do today can improve upon our previous results. As long as it is different and/or better in some way. Some innkeepers sell items online (including linens and coffee mugs). This is an effective way to keep revenue coming in while avoiding contact with others in person right now.
"This, too, shall pass." (an adage famously retold by Abraham Lincoln in a speech, quoted by Oprah)
While no one can guarantee the future, there are things we can do to put ourselves in a better position. At some point, this challenge will end. It's up to us to make wise decisions as we go through this. If you'd like to hear a friendly voice, contact me, Kristi Dement, and we can have a phone conversation about your bed and breakfast business. I promise there will be no pitching. Just me being genuinely empathetic and helpful.