Heather and I want to thank all the people still working.
When you go to a business that is still open and working under what I think is a lot of extra pressure, please take a moment to offer a kind word to them.
As many of you know I worked on a ship for many years. In that time I was in several events that could have killed many of us onboard. I learned over the years that keeping functional in the face of extreme pressure is essential, but very hard to do. I have seen men and women firefighters run in to fires that were very dangerous, but the options were none. I talked to so many officers and crew about how they handled it.
The answer was training. They had extensive training and it took over when the event happened.
I don’t know anyone that has training for this Pandemic. Maybe there are some, I don’t know them.
I once asked our Captain what they do when a junior officer starts to panic. He said “we send them to make waffles.” The interesting thing was, that was actually true. The captain said, “I cannot allow panic on a ship, everyone could die. They are sent to do something they know how to do and they become calmer and can start to contribute to the problem.”
I have spent a lot of time over the last 30 years thinking and practicing things to do when times are tough. I am using many of them during this time.
I wish the very best for you, your family, friends and humanity.