March 23, 2020
Keep Breathing
By Chuck Violand Uncertain times like we’re experiencing with the coronavirus outbreak can cause any of us to be concerned about the physical and financial well-being of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s not kid ourselves. What we’re dealing with is serious stuff—not just from a health and safety perspective for our customers, our employees, and ourselves, but also from a financial perspective. It’s easy for people to feel worried and anxious. At a recent staff meeting, I was telling the folks here at VMA that I’ve owned businesses for fifty years. And in those 50 years I’ve been through several economic upheavals and observed the impact they had on the people who experienced them. The OPEC oil embargo of 1973 was the first to come to mind. This was global and seemed catastrophic at the time, with people sitting in long lines at gas stations, hoping there would still be gas left when they made it to the pump. Now people are waiting in long lines to buy toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It’s during times of uncertainty that people look to their leaders for guidance. Here are three things you can do right now to bring a sense