HEARING FROM THE OWNER’S BOX: It’s good to be back
“Hearing from the Owner’s Box”. That is a phrase that I got really used to typing from August of 2019 through February of 2020.
Every week, I sat down at my desk and wrote from my personal opinions. I wrote about what was going on in our community here in Jenks. I wrote about the great and wonderful people I had the pleasure of crossing paths with and I wrote about the amazing things happening in my personal life.
There were weeks it was easy sitting down and pouring out my thoughts in a 500-word editorial. There were also some weeks that writing anything, let alone a column, seemed like it would take a minor miracle.
I am a human being, so like anyone else in the world who has a job, there would be some days and some weeks I didn’t feel like doing a whole lot. The thought of putting out another paper and going through the weekly and daily grind of running a small business put my stomach in knots.
Those weeks were few and far between, but they did exist from time to time.
Most weeks, I looked forward to covering events, writing stories, taking photos, building pages, selling ads, delivering papers and making sure the lights stayed on by keeping up to date with the expenses that come with running a newspaper.
However, those other weeks still were a reality, but you deal with them and move on down the road. Then March of 2020 came steamrolling into our lives.
We had heard about this Coronavirus and this thing called “COVID-19”, but it was ransacking other countries across massive oceans thousands of miles away.
I mean, this is the United States of America right? No virus is going to come here and change the way we live our lives. That’s just not going to happen. Yeah, we may have some cases across the country or even some here in Oklahoma, but nothing too serious right?
How many of you thought that way? I hope a lot of you are raising your hands because I am raising mine.
This world, this nation, this state, and this community were flipped upside down and for the first time in my lifetime, the future was murky and clouded with fear and skepticism.
National, state and local officials kept telling us to not be afraid, but when you shut businesses down and tell people they can’t leave their house unless they are going to the grocery store, the pharmacy or to work if you are deemed “essential”, fear is going to happen.
However, I believe there are times in life when lessons can be learned. I believe this is one of those times.
There are many lessons we can learn from this global pandemic, but for me, one of the biggest lessons I have learned from a professional standpoint is to not take anything for granted.
Our print editions were stripped from us so quickly, we barely had time to think about what we were doing going forward.
With advertising being our only source of income, there was no way we could continue with the print issues, but when we pulled the plug, the thought never crossed my mind that could be it. We may never print another Jenks Tribune again.
When we made the decision to bring our print product back, I made the decision right then and there I would not take this for granted any more.
It is a blessing to get to put out a community newspaper in Jenks every week and that is something that should never be taken for granted.
Sitting down at my desk and having the opportunity to write an editorial is something I will never take for granted again.
I hope all of you can apply that to your lives. Let’s stop taking things for granted, because we have seen now just how quickly they can be torn away.
It’s good to be back.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune.