By Geoffrey Sagrans, President / Chairperson of the Board

 

Today I write to you as someone wearing the hat of a 32 year hospitality veteran and as a team member of an organization who has championed the cause of connecting the dots between local producers and local consumers since 2007.

The world we live in today is one of uncertainty. Literally overnight we have slammed the brakes on a thriving economy.  Hospitality operations have eliminated most of their staff.   Florida farms are seeing their foodservice avenues dry up while their retail avenues are more than thriving.  Families who were starting to think about plans for their summer vacation are now wondering how they are going to pay for their basic house utilities.   We are at the mercy of a virus that is dictating our timelines.

During these days of uncertainty I encourage everyone to take this time to truly understand what is important in life.  Whether the world returns to normal in two days, two months, or two years, it is important to realize just how blessed we are to have our freedoms, health, family, and friends.   When the dust settles I will personally be at a loss for thousands of dollars of my own money.   However, that part I’ll figure out.  What really matters in life is being able to enjoy some of the most simple, intangible things we are blessed with.

Maybe tonight, take this opportunity to have dinner with the family, disconnect from technology, have a meaningful conversation with a friend, or take the opportunity to tell that special person in your life that you love them.

The uncertainty will hopefully soon pass.  The appreciation of what’s truly important in your life should continue on for years to come.

From all of us in the Localecopia family, be well.