I am feeling sad. This week we should have been hosting our 14th annual conference which ironically had the theme of Creating and Navigating Change. Was I clairvoyant or what?

The conference is the signature event at Company of Women and one enjoyed by many. Obviously with the COVID-19 pandemic, it did not happen on May 12 and we have rescheduled it for November 10, when, all being well, we will be able to meet and celebrate with each other. Maybe.

And maybe is the operative word right now, isn’t it. There is so much uncertainty about when we can get back to the new normal. I say new normal because we cannot go back to the way it was, even if we wanted to. Too much has happened and too many people and businesses have been negatively impacted by this virus.

The social isolation has brought home literally, what is important in our lives – relationships, nature, our health – not the stuff we thought so vital before. We’ve learned to do without. We’ve gone back to the basics in life.

While there have been disappointments for many of us – cancelled trips, weddings, proms and graduation – the bottom line is we can always do them later or get creative on making them happen.

I guess right now I am feeling gratitude tinged with sadness.

The key is to not let the latter take over and become more about what has been lost. And like any loss, there is a grieving process and after nine weeks of self-isolation, I am moving towards acceptance – it is what it is.

I also recognize that there are so many people who are really hurting, who are worried about what the future holds for them and their families.

Now is the time to support one another. To “shop local.” To reach out, lend your expertise. To donate time or money to help those less able.

And getting back to gratitude. I am so glad I live in Canada, where our leaders are taking this seriously and doing all that they can to help everyone manage and survive in their new world.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.