It was my dog sitter's WhatsApp that recently made me incredibly angry. She wrote to all of her customers that, despite Corona, she would continue to work with various security measures that she sent to us. So far so good. But then I read the following paragraph at the end of the message: "Anyone who suspends childcare for the next four weeks should be aware that this period is life-threatening for my small business. Please consider whether not at least a day or two Dog care is possible with me. "
Looking outside the box
What made me so angry about it? I couldn't believe that in our rather well-heeled district, where we can at least afford to have our dogs looked after during the day while in the office or elsewhere, there were actually people who did this.
Of course, my very first thought had also been: Home office indefinitely? Great, then I can save the dog care! But even before this thought was completely diffused through my brain, I was ashamed of it. It was clear to me that this would be the most unsolidarity that I could do, because of course it would financially break my dog sitter's neck if several people thought so. And then I had to read a few days later that apparently several people thought so.
Help instead of false avarice
I wouldn't call myself particularly socially committed, but I basically go through life with the attitude that people like me who have a steady job and no big financial worries shouldn't be the first to keep their money together unnecessarily. And that applies even more in this crisis.
My cleaning lady was the next case. Of course, it would have been easy to cancel her to avoid any contact, but I'm afraid that she is very dependent on the money. So I left the house before she came and let her do her job. The next step would be to pay her the money at least without cleaning – as my colleague Daniela does in her honorable manner. And she's not the only one, I know that.
As long as you can, you should spend money now.
I think that as long as you can and your existence is not really threatened, you should spend money now. Should support the people, the restaurants, the shops that otherwise make life more beautiful. Or possible at all – like my dog sitter.
I recently sat with a friend – in the garden, of course, with enough space – and we talked about different feelings that this time triggers in us. She said that the beautiful thing is this waiver of consumption! You couldn't buy anything, but you wouldn't need anything because you only go out so little. I went through the online orders in my head, which I hadn't made too little in the past few days, and said: "Stop, completely wrong idea! Now you have to buy now!" Online if necessary. I know you shouldn't, usually. Totally clear. But honestly: Where is that supposed to lead if we no longer spend money? (PS: Of course the DHL courier always tips from me!)
I'm really not a big activist, but should I have the idea of starting a campaign soon because it might get too boring in my home office, then her name would be: Shopping against Corona.
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