Necessity may prove to be the mother of invention once again
In the early 1930s, American Reformed theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote a short prayer that immediately spread through the U.S. population and was widely adopted. You are most likely familiar with it as well, and it certainly provides something of a foothold in these current days:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Peace, courage and wisdom are attributes that have no boundaries and know no limits, though sometimes when we need them the most, we fail to remember to seek them. During this time, may we seek these things in abundance.
We’ve held this April issue a few days longer than usual before going to press in an effort to absorb as much of the current situation as possible. Events are changing at such a rapid rate there is no way to know how much of this issue’s reporting will be outdated by the time you read this. What we do know is that we are facing an unprecedented economic situation: a voluntary shut down of the giant U.S. economic engine in an effort to slow this virus and prevent widespread illness. The cooperation of so many millions of people across our country and the globe seems to indicate a welcome solidarity for a people who can’t seem to agree on very much nationally.
Direct selling has the unusual draw of being an attractive alternative in hard economic times, and we shall see what the following months bring to each of you. If this happens for you, I hope you will keep us informed so we can share your stories of growth!
We will also be very interested in how you are all reorganizing your summer conventions and in what new and innovative way you’ll be recognizing your field achievers. Hardship generally produces innovation and this summer may prove to be one of the most exciting times in our channel as innovators step forward with new solutions.
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I can’t end this note without mentioning the sad news of Jeff Babener’s passing on March 17. It was not very long ago that one of our writers interviewed him for a story in this paper. It’s hard to believe I can’t pick up the phone to ask him a question. He was certainly a fierce advocate of the channel and his influence will be greatly missed.
We are certainly in challenging times, and we’ll continue to bring you the news and information you need to effectively run your businesses.
Stay healthy and safe, and seek peace, courage and wisdom.