Written by: Viken Mikaelian, CEO, PlannedGiving.Com
A sad moment during this pandemic was my mother’s death. Because of the lockdown and travel restrictions, I could not be with her during her final days (she lived in Nevada). Although I’m told she passed in peace, which was a blessing, it doesn’t take away the sting — and I know there’s many people right now who can relate.
The pandemic has affected each of us in different ways, and we all have stories to share.
But if you know me, you know it’s not in my nature to sit around and wring my hands over what was, or even what might be. I choose to focus on the positives during tough times. So, with that in mind, I’ve been treating the pandemic as an opportunity for personal development: The lockdown has inspired me to experiment with new habits and new lifestyles. Some of them I’ll keep. Others … not so much.
I’ve been getting in touch with clients just to say “hi!” (you should do that, too — call or write to a donor daily).
I’ve been brainstorming with staff to develop new ways for clients to market their planned giving programs (you should be brainstorming ways to reach prospects).
I updated my estate plans (you should probably do that, too).
I’ve been working seven days a week, and yet still setting aside time for my wife. I cherish our happy hour at 7 PM every night on the deck (OK, truth be told I was usually working seven days a week before the pandemic, so not much of a change there. The point is, it’s time to double down, not hurry up and wait).
I’m only shaving once a week.
I’ve been letting my hair grow.
I’ve cut down on exercise.
I’ve become a scofflaw; a true rebel without a cause: Due to lack of traffic, I often take a right on a “No Turn On Red” (and then suffer Driver’s Remorse that evening…).
I’ve been considering teaching Chloe, our Yorkie, how to drive. What could possibly go wrong?
Email us some of your good, bad and silly habits. And be brutally honest.
I’ll respond. Honest.