10:34 AM

Perspective: Finding the Silver Lining

You may recall earlier this year how much it rained. It felt like it would never stop raining! Shortly after one of those storms, an employee snapped a photo of one of our trucks. In the photo you can see the sun peeking through the gray sky. This photo reminds me of the importance of looking for the silver lining, something that’s important to remember in today’s world.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen a lot of change, including staying home more. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my son. He arrived home from college early after his classes were changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He and I have been spending time together cleaning and reorganizing our shop. We even epoxy-coated the floor! Having a clean, well-organized shop is one of those silver linings that I didn’t expect from this crisis. And making sure my son doesn’t get too comfortable on the couch – well that’s just a bonus.

Speaking of my son, this time last year we were reflecting on different types of memories. My son had recently graduated from high school. I know how much he values the memories of his senior prom and graduation night. Thinking about how special those memories are for him, I imagine how those families and kids who missed those experiences this year due to the pandemic must feel.

From virtual proms to socially-distanced parades for seniors, the opportunity to make memories was still there – it just looked different.

At Jackson EMC, we normally spend this time of year gearing up to send four outstanding student leaders on the Washington Youth Tour, a weeklong leadership and learning opportunity in Washington, D.C. While this year’s tour is canceled, these student leaders won’t go unrecognized. Each student will receive a $4,000 scholarship, and we’re glad to be able to still recognize their commitment to our community. You can read more about those students in this issue of JEMCO News.

Another silver lining during this time is the hard work of Jackson EMC employees who continue to go above-and-beyond to provide reliable electricity and personalized service for our members. Before the pandemic, we didn’t have any employees working remotely. When we decided to move to a remote workforce, our Information Technology team was very quick to source and implement the equipment and technology needed. I want to thank our employees for continuing to be flexible and adaptable as we continue to make changes to operations for the safety of our employees and members.

I’m also both impressed and proud to see the cooperation and innovation throughout our community to support each other. I encourage you to look for ways to find the silver lining both within your families and throughout the community.