If You’ve Got Silver Linings Share Them



If You’ve Got Silver Linings Share Them

As many of us self-isolate, work from home and practice social distancing amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, it is so easy to quickly fall into a trap of negativity and despair; especially when financial difficulties loom.  Juggling telecommuting schedules while homeschooling children, constantly making meals and cleaning up after them, all while trying to keep one’s sanity amidst the constant worry and anxiety seems to be producing an array of emotions we really don’t have a description for just yet.    

Nevertheless, many are considering the small consolations that have arisen from the crisis, be that spending more time with their loved ones or being able to finally make those recipes you’ve wanted to try but never had the time.  I personally had been stressed about how much I had been traveling and how much I was away from my kids, now I am with them every single morning and/or evening having very real and meaningful conversations about the state of the world.  In the midst of all of this, there have been moments when the insight of an eleven and a fifteen-year-old have actually brought epiphanies.

I have seen more families on social media planting flowers, playing board games, doing 1000-piece jig-saw puzzles and taking walks together.  There seems to be less rush, less fret over very small and insignificant things.  Such as…allowing our co-workers to God forbid see us without a full face of make-up via video conference!  Could you ever have imagined that before this? 

This universe of ours has put us all in a collective “time –out”, and we don’t when we will be allowed to come out.  And just maybe it is bending our thought processes for the better?  Still, the biggest and most meaningful silver lining I have witnessed in this chaos is the resurgence of conversation.  Conversation with friends (old and new), family members, neighbors, and even strangers.  Crisis brings people together and gets creativity flowing.  Did you ever think as an adult you might be amused and entertained in sidewalk chalk art?  Maybe you might?

I find many moments of gratitude in those living amongst us who cannot stay home; healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store employees, utility services workers, delivery drivers…the list goes on.  In between reading and watching the latest COVID-19 news updates which can be overwhelming, I find myself thankful for my groups of friends who share funny, entertaining, and self-deprecating memes and posts.  I am always appreciative to those who share educational videos, articles, and teaching tools for our kitchen classrooms as well as the teachers themselves who are doing all of the aforementioned yet still managing to bring learning into homes.  Public school cafeteria workers are still out there every day providing curbside pickup lunches to those students who rely on them, for them I feel indebted. 

Let’s challenge each other to share their COVID-19 silver linings not only with friends but publicly via social media or other outlets. In these trying times not only will it task you with reflection, it will allow you to share joy, hope, and possibly have a laugh.  There is no doubt this moment in history will change us as a whole.  We are currently in a significant week for many world religions.  Many are celebrating Holy Week, Passover, and Easter.  Let us use this unprecedented time in history to make optimism our priority.   

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

You can contact Simon at sroads@ipeoplesolutions.com

Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

You can contact Meredith at Meredith@ipeoplesolutions.com

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