Written by Lee Stoerzinger, CFP®
As we have talked with many people over recent weeks and months, one of the most interesting things we have found has been the varying, and often disproportionate ways, in which people’s lives have been affected by everything going on around them. For some, the extra time spent at home has been a time of introspection and reflection. Yet for others, the recent circumstances have brought loss and severe stress never before experienced. Some are clinging to everything they’ve worked so hard to build in their small community businesses. Some are worried about their safety or having enough money to feed their families. And others are bravely and tirelessly working on the front lines as health care workers and peacekeepers. Their days never seem to end and their jobs never done.
This has caused many different types of trauma on a mass scale, often simultaneously, including loss of those around us, concerns about economic viability and fairness, emotional loneliness, severe fatigue, and even guilt, as there are always more people in need of help.
We are an extremely resilient people and will emerge on the other side. Different, but better. For all of you who have become true stewards of our families, businesses, communities, our vulnerable, our elders; I simply want to thank you and let you know how much every single effort you have made each day matters and is so very appreciated. Please remember to take the time to care for your own needs as you care for others, as it is your guidance that will lead us into the future.
For more information on the topic of trauma stewardship, I invite you to visit the website of Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute (www.traumastewardship.com).