Staying positive during uncertain times

NoDa neighbors & businesses,

As I write this on March 18th, it is difficult to guess what the current state of affairs will be in early April when you get your copy of the NoDa News.

What I do know is that uncertainty, especially when paired with seclusion and too much social media, can lead to anxiety and more.

I also know that NoDa is the strongest community I have ever been part of and that when we experience tough times, we persevere together.

As a neighborhood that builds community by being together in person at our local businesses, parks, or just out in streets, it can be difficult to be stuck in our homes. These times will require positivity and creativity, as well as compassion, as we look out for those in our community who need it most. Luckily for us, I don’t know a more creative and compassionate community to get us through this period.

The outpouring of love and support for our neighbors, school-aged children, small business owners, and business staff has already been incredible to see. I hope and ask that your support for the most vulnerable in our community continues and gets stronger during this period and after it ends.

I wanted to share a few tips on how we can support each other and ourselves during this time:

  • Look after your neighbors. You may be at low risk from the virus, but it may not be the same for your neighbors whose immune systems are compromised. The act of checking in on them (keeping six feet apart, of course) will not only make them feel good, it will make you feel good and remind you that there are others for whom this predicament is even more stressful.
  • Support our local businesses. Our small businesses and their staff are hurting right now. Many of them are doing everything they can to weather the storm and keep jobs for our community. I have seen many great ideas on how to support our businesses (e.g., buy gift cards, take advantage of those that are still offering take-out/delivery). Follow our businesses on Facebook and Instagram to find out how to best support them. Also, it is important to remember that the small businesses that are struggling are not just the brick-and-mortar stores, but also your neighbors who run small home businesses.
  • Look for the good in others. These types of crises can bring out both the worst and the best in human nature. I like to think that the best in human nature is rising to the coronavirus challenge in NoDa. Neighbors are putting together care packages, businesses are providing lunch for kids who are out of school, people are posting positive messages on social media, and everyone is looking out for each other. Be the positive hope that those around you need.
  • Savor the small moments. Even during lockdown, you still have many small moments to savor. This can be a quiet walk around your street, more time with your family/loved ones, an opportunity to read that book you have been waiting for, time to take up a new hobby, a phone call, or porch-to-porch chat with a neighbor. Take these moments in and appreciate what they give you.
  • Practice random acts of kindness. Leave an envelope with a little gift for the delivery person who drops food outside your door. Your kindness doesn’t require a monetary donation. Write an unsolicited book review for a friend of yours who is an author. Send a snail-mail note of appreciation to a friend or colleague. Thank those who are working in the grocery store for their efforts to keep things safe. Think of those who could benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity. Then act.

I smile when I realize that we will get through this together and be stronger as a result. When this is over, we will celebrate together in typical NoDa fashion! Until then, please support those around you who need it most.

Per the guidance from the city and state, we have cancelled the April 7th NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association meeting. We will keep an eye on May and communicate through social media as decisions are made.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support you – 980-313-2368.

Your NoDa NBA President,
Jacob Horr