Like first responders, our business has been classified as 'essential.' Okay, we can all agree that there are various levels of essential workers, we realize that we are nowhere near as valuable as doctors, nurses, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and 'real food' employees, but we are able to stay open and provide coffee. We never had the luxury of a brick & mortar store, all of our sales are online, so our business has changed very little for us.
Yes, we consider ourselves very fortunate to remain open. Our hearts go out to the many millions of hard-working people that are currently unemployed because of this pandemic.
Our hearts also go out to the people, their families, and friends who are suffering from this virus. As I get older, I have come to peace with the thought that no one lives forever, but to spend my last days and hours alone, without family nearby would be a nightmare.
Of course, our hearts go out to the first responders who respond to calls not knowing what to expect in the best of times, now facing an enemy that may not only attack them but that they may unintentionally bring home to their families.
With all this negativity, I force myself to look for bright spots in our current situation. Pollution has gone down worldwide. Employers may learn that allowing employees to work from home isn't a bad thing, which helps with future pollution and traffic. I talk to my mother more! We live 800 miles apart, but I find myself wanting to connect more often. I'm an old guy with young kids and I am treasuring the time I spend with them at home knowing that when things are 'better' they'll have 'better' places to be than home with dad. Home-cooked meals! I'm not very good in the kitchen, but my wife is a fantastic cook and we're eating more homemade meals and I'm loving it. I'm also really enjoying the quiet - less traffic both on the street and in the air. I'm hearing more birds and find myself able to relax more.
I'm trying hard to keep my spirits up, but as we all know it isn't all unicorn farts and rainbows. The solitude, the unknowing, the 'invisible' enemy can all cause anxiety, which brings me to the second official charity that we support here at THIN BLUE LINE COFFEE, and that is BLUE H.E.L.P. BLUE H.E.L.P. is a charity helps the families of officers who died by suicide and to help prevent officer suicides.
We named the company in honor of the thin blue line of officers who help society function. Whose existence protects the vast majority of citizens from the elements of society who would prey on them and thrive in the chaos. Who respond to humans acting at their worst and the consequences of such actions. Those of us who have held that role know the negativity, the misunderstandings, the incorrect assumptions, the second-guessing that comes with the job. It takes its toll. When I heard of BLUE H.E.L.P. I thought, "There but for the Grace of God, go I." I got out.
I know law enforcement isn't easy, which is why I devoted this company to give back to the organizations that I believe best help officers and their families. We support two great ones, Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and BLUE H.E.L.P. I hope you can find it in your heart to support these charities who help the most vulnerable in this proud profession.