Like everyone in our recent reality seeing people in person had stopped or shifted to phone calls and zoom. In the past few weeks as talk of lifting the restrictions began I had doubt and uncertainty about how to move forward myself. There was a lingering question of whether anyone would come. I wondered if there was a future. All it took was a student to connect and inquire if I was seeing anyone yet or not. They shared they would be willing to connect on-line yet expressed a preference to come in person. Okay they will come, so now what?
Time to source out disposable face masks, gloves, a face shield, hand sanitizer, cleaners for disinfecting and new cleaning cloths. Then set to work on the new appearance of the space. Removing all extraneous objects, getting the steamer in to steam everything including the carpet. Setting it up to walk through to experience how it could work. This included changing shoes and having a specific pair just for that space and having disinfectant ready for spraying the soles of their shoes. Walking through it it became apparent that I will know have to giving directions on how to enter into the office with me opening and closing doors to limit touching. It’s a lot of extra work. Going through it I found I was hot and sweating.
My appreciation grew for those in the care industry who have been working on the front lines.
After walking through this and recognizing it was doable I recognized this could be be totally integrated. Then this same student inquired how much extra I would like to charge for the additional costs, etc. I was thankful for this inquiry of thoughtfulness My focus of attention was on the equipment and how to get ready, not the financial costs. My thoughts go to how living and working through this appears to be affecting pretty much all of the primary nine life areas. Getting serious about conscious safety at work increases the knowledge on how to be safer in my home life areas. What ever I experience in either area, work or home, influences all of these:
3 things I have learned from this experience
- It is doable.
- Extra precautions for cleanliness can be taken for the benefit of all.
- We can ask for and also be more considerate meeting the needs for valuing others and one-self.