Over the past two weeks, all of our lives have changed in ways that are almost incomprehensible. We are beginning to see the effects of this pandemic in our daily lives, in our economy and in the health of our community members. I pray that you are all healthy and that the biggest shock at present is the need to “process” new information. It is what every single one of us is doing: trying to process our situation, our new normal. This takes time and it takes psychological energy, so please be patient with yourself and expect a wide range of emotions. Please also be patient with your friends and loved ones, especially those with whom you will be spending a lot of time in the coming weeks. After a week of trying to program a full-time schedule for a 5 and an 8-year-old, I am convinced that teachers deserve to make seven-figure salaries!
Also, please put thought and prayer into the situations some of our very close LSA and Chamber family are experiencing. The all-stars that run our hospitality, amusement, arts, and restaurant industries are facing decisions that were unimaginable just a few short weeks ago. Our first responders and medical professionals are laboring around the clock to SAVE OUR LIVES; often arriving home to self-quarantine away from their spouses and children.
Let’s live by those words and support local small businesses. When given the choice, choose local. When asked for help, help – whenever, however, and as much as you can.
Please stay healthy, indoors, safe and smiling. We will all FIESTA come November!
Juan Esteban Cano
Chair, Leadership San Antonio Alumni Association