When we talk about these “unprecedented” times, we struggle to put a finger on what the totality of that actually means. We understand the tangible aspects of it – everything we know and love is temporarily shut down, we are unable to visit friends and family, and toilet paper is the new currency. What we can’t put our finger on are the intangibles. The emotions that we are dealing with as we take on the responsibility of working from home, renegotiating the bills, worrying about financial stability, the uncertainty of the future, not to mention the added responsibility of educating your children. As a parent, you probably wonder how you are going to get through this and if you will be able to give your children the tools they need to be successful.
As a small, family-owned business who takes a personal interest in helping to develop our area’s youth, Ford Business Machines has recognized that what you are actually teaching them is something that can’t be found in a textbook. Something that we at Ford hold above all else. You are teaching them core values. Values that they will carry with them long after this crisis passes. Values that will make them successful and respected members of society and a part of the next great generation.
We are currently witnessing some of these core values across the globe that have helped us cope during this crisis, but most importantly will have a lasting impact on the generations to come:
RESILIENCE: The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
Life will always have challenges and exuding the ability to cope in the face of them will instill confidence in your children that they can handle anything that is thrown their way.
CREATIVITY: The use of imagination or original ideas.
Above all else, we have all been tasked with having to think outside the box and solve new problems with creative solutions. This value helps to maintain positivity during challenging times and turn lemons into lemonade.
PERSEVERANCE: Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
They say when times get tough, the tough get going. Working harder to achieve your goals builds character and, ultimately, a self-confidence that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
FLEXIBILITY: Willingness to change or compromise.
Life doesn’t always go as planned. Having a flexible mindset allows you to bend without breaking.
EMPATHY: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
This value is what allows us to adhere to the mandates in our current situation. Our ability to care for the individuals most at risk is what keeps us focused on the big picture. And it is a character that will be most admired in our leaders of the future.
FAITH: Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
Life is uncertain, but faith keeps us resolute that the things that are out of our control will ultimately be okay.
While we navigate the road ahead, select what core values mean the most to your family and focus on them. Teach lessons that enforce them and live them every day. This is what your children will take forward into life, and the permanent mark that this time in history will have on them. With these values instilled in them, nothing in life will be out of reach and no challenge will be too great to overcome.
Ford Business Machines lives by our core values, positivity-loyalty-accountability-innovation-dependability, and we have relied on all of them to get through these tough times. We realize that without a solid foundation, all structures eventually crumble. Use this “unprecedented” time to build your children’s foundation.