We have all had an incredibly tough past year and a half. The burnout is real and we all need to try and stay empathetic and compassionate for our fellow humans.
As we continue to move through this pandemic, many of our old ways of life are falling away. Many people are beginning to understand that the previous, widely accepted belief that humans should be putting work before anything else, is not bettering us as a society or as individuals. In addition to that, most of us have been living in a state of sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) for at least the past 19 months. As a general statement, we aren't functioning at our highest levels...and that's ok.
It is incredibly important for us to be kind and understanding to our fellow humans during these times. Small businesses are run by humans. The kitchens at your favorite vegan restaurants are run by humans. Right now, most of us are short staffed. We are working long hours in hot kitchens and trying to stay above water. Do we love what we do? Yes. Does that mean that we don't need breaks? No.
Right now, the best way to support our local businesses is through patience. Your wait times might be a little longer. You may get to a restaurant and find a note on the door about them having to close early. It can be frustrating. We know how it feels to have your hopes set on getting that perfect piece of vegan cheesecake, only to realize that the restaurant is closed when you get there. Just please try and remember that it's even more heartbreaking for the owners who have put everything they have into their dream of owning a business. We are not machines and although we, as a society, seem to expect that of ourselves, we think it's very clear that view is not a healthy way to live.
We can get through this. We will get through this. We are still in a global pandemic that has turned our way of living onto its head. Eventually, these changes could mean great things for us. Right now, we're all just trying to do what we can to make it through the days and make sure our dreams are still here next year.
How can you help?
As mentioned above, remember the humanity of the people you are interacting with. Be compassionate and understanding.
Leave good reviews for the businesses that you interact with. Google, Yelp and Facebook reviews can make or break a business these days.
Spread the word about the hiring needs of your favorite spots. We know for sure that Plant Joy and Loving Hut are in need of humans. If you know someone who may be interested, have them reach out!
Post about your food/product purchases on social media, tagging the company. This goes such a long way!
Tell your friends! We have found that most of our customers find out about us through word-of-mouth. Your friends and family trust your word.
If we stay supportive and work together, we will get through this. Stay kind. Stay understanding.