Day 25 – Stories of COVID-19 and Sheltering-In-Place

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Live to Blog from An Imagination Vacation

For those of you wearing masks (which should be everyone), please do NOT remove your mask to scratch your nose. You don’t pull down your pants to scratch your butt, do you?

Who’ll Take the Dogs Out?

Our day began with a little bit of controversy. Our alarm goes off at 6:00 AM and I’m usually the first up. I shower, get dressed, and take the Girls out for their first walk of the day. This is how the daily routine has begun for many years. (Except for the wake up time…before Clemencia retired we were up daily between 5:00 and 5:30 AM. Now we get to sleep in!)

Today, though, something wasn’t quite right. When the Girls and I got back, I gave them their “cookie” (doggy treat) and settled in to work for a few minutes before having breakfast. About 8:00 AM I met up Clemencia in the kitchen. I noticed she was more quiet than usual. This is usually not a good a sign and it wasn’t one today.

  • Me: Good morning, me amor! You seem awfully quiet this morning.
  • Clemencia: Really?
  • Me: Yes. Is everything okay?
  • Clemencia: Well, it’s the Girls.
  • Me: The Girls? They seem fine to me…I mean, they are old, but they enjoyed their walk and they did everything they needed to do.
  • Clemencia: Yes, but that’s not what I mean.
  • Me: Oh? What is it then?
  • Clemencia: Why did you take them out?
  • Me: Why? Because I take them out in the morning. I’ve done for years except when I’m traveling.
  • Clemencia: That’s not what we agreed to.
  • Me: What? When?
  • Clemencia: Yesterday.
  • Me: Yes, but that was for yesterday. Today is today so I’m back on morning walk duty.
  • Clemencia: No, that’s not what we agreed to.
  • Me (royally confused): I really don’t understand.
  • Clemencia: We talked about it long before yesterday. I’m supposed to take the Girls out in the morning.
  • Me: Okay…but you did…yesterday…I can’t see the problem here.
  • Clemencia (pulling out her phone): Here, in my calendar, we talked about it back in March, around my birthday. I’m supposed to take the dogs out so you can go right to work.
  • Me: That’s in your phone? In your calendar?
  • Clemencia: Yes. Everything is in my calendar.
  • Me (a bit worried): EVERYTHING?
  • Clemencia: Yes, everything.
  • Me: But doesn’t your calendar show that was a one-time thing? Just for that one day? I thought THAT is what we were talking about…to help me out that one day.
  • Clemencia: No. My calendar says we changed the routine back on March 26h. I’m supposed to take the Girls out in the morning now. You can come with us, of course, but I’m responsible.
  • Me (realizing I can’t argue with her Google calendar): Lo siento, mi amor. I’m sorry. I had misunderstood. I will no longer take the Girls out in the morning. Instead, I’ll go straight to work. I took them out this morning because it was raining and I didn’t want you to get caught in the thunderstorm that was predicted.
  • Clemencia: Thank you, mi amor…but it is my job.
  • Me: I sincerely apologize for keeping you dry this morning. I understand now that the routine has changed.
  • Clemencia: I appreciate that, mi cielo. Now, I found this other thing in my calendar I want to discuss with you…

That seemed like a good time to turn on the coffee grinder and turn up NPR.

Interview with Forrest Alton by Patrick Jinks

Last week I posted that I had worked with several other consultants to produce a blog and paper title Leading in Crisis. One of those consultants, Patrick Jinks, has a YouTube channel through which he offers brief videos for nonprofit leaders. He is interviewing each of the other consultants who worked on the blog and paper together. This week he is featuring a really terrfic interview with Forrest Alton of 1000 Feathers on the importance of mission alignment even during a sudden disruption like the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a few minutes to watch the video and then share it with a nonprofit leader who might benefit from it at this time. Over the next three weeks Patrick will also be featuring interviews with Cayci Banks of 1000 Feathers, Charles Weathers of the Weathers Group, and me…if I’m not out walking the Girls. Stay tuned!

In Reality…Good Advice on COVID-19 from Twitter

Caitlin Rivers, PhD is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She is an epidemiologist and formerly with the U.S. Army Public Health Command. She specializes in health security. That’s an important point.

Recently she had a series of tweets about what comes next in the COVID-19 pandemic and what to expect. In between the lines there is an important message about why we should not get our hopes up too quickly about returning to normal life soon. They are worth reading and sharing. There are eight tweets in this series and each are short and easy to read.

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, and keep wearing you mask…but don’t take it off to scratch your nose, please.


Author: Tom Klaus

My name is Tom Klaus and I am the founder and president of Tenacious Change. I am convinced the secret to almost any good thing happening among people is relational trust. Want to be loved by your spouse, children, and family? Want to work well with others? Want to be an effective leader? Want to help your neighborhood, community, state, or country change for the good? Want world peace...actually, peace with anyone? Building relational trust is when fear, animosity, conflict, and the status quo begins to transform into cooperation, respect, collaboration, peace, and working together for social change and the greater good of all. A good day for me is when I can help social profit, nonprofit, and public leaders and their organizations grasp the importance of relational trust, let it guide their decision making, and inform their strategy. This is just one of the ways that I am animating and equipping leaders, organizations, and communities to lead change for the greater good. Tenacious Change is about changing forward into a future that prioritizes the greater good for all. We can do this better together. Come on along!

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