Baby’s First Blog Post - 'Hello' From our New COO!

Derek here - hello everyone!

First and foremost, I hope that you and yours are all doing as well as possible during these strange and uncertain times. Life is different now than it was just a month ago. Many, if not all, of us have had our personal and/or professional lives impacted by the COVID quarantine. We feel it in many ways – a disruption in our normal routines, loss of jobs, or worse, loss of lives. It feels like we’re stuck in some sort of alternate reality, a simulation of what life would be when all has gone to s**t.

When reflecting back on the last month to write this post, I was thinking about all that has changed in my life. For me, it’s been like the famous first line of Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” While I gained a great new job doing something I love, I also lost my mom to a long fight with cancer. However, I get solace from something my mom taught me long ago – true strength comes from having our weaknesses tested and being able to learn from those tribulations. My mom wasn’t an educated woman, but she was a great teacher.

As I write this blog post, my mom’s lesson resonates loudly. We are now being tried and tested, so what can we learn from this to come out stronger? On a personal level, I have learned that I need to continue to prioritize people over things. I’ve learned the new meanings of “distancing” and “essential”, even though those newly dubbed essential have always been so, at the very least in the eyes of their family and friends. I’ve learned that the strength of a relationship is not based on proximity, but on the connection within the heart and mind.

I think this also holds true in my professional life as well. I have been very lucky to find Coffee Cup Collective, as I believe the ethos of the company is aligned with these tenets. CCC’s entire business is based on the idea that we can all have impact on the lives of others, as well as our planet, by making small changes to how we act. The value proposition of the company has always focused on providing our community with a safe, clean and reliable means toward more environmentally responsible practices, a sort of “sanitized sustainability” so to speak.

CCC’s service and practices have always aimed to help make our community cleaner, safer, stronger, better. It’s even in our motto, “Collectively, we can do better.” And WE can, together.

It seems strange to use the word together when we are forced to be so far apart, but we will get through this. The impact on our lives may be immeasurable, as interactions may be different indefinitely, norms may have changed forever. Who knows?

What I do know is that humans are amazingly resilient and innovative. We change and adapt to circumstances and evolve. We become stronger. That’s something I want to get behind, especially now, during such a tumultuous time. I want to be part of the comeback story.

I want to feel like Rocky at the top of the steps or Andy Dufresne when he comes out of the sewer pipe or Jerry from Cheer, because that dude is just a ball of positive energy. I want to visit cafes, I want to socialize, I want to talk to strangers and hug friends. I want to feel a sense of urgency, I want to feel inspired, I want to feel alive again. And when we get back to some semblance of normalcy, I want us all to feel that way.

I was supposed to use this “Baby’s First Blog Post” as a means to update you with what’s going on with CCC, but due to the quarantine, there isn’t that much to say. We have hit the pause button temporarily, but will be back once things open again.

In the meantime, we’re performing some self-care. We’re working on making our business stronger through reviewing our strategy, refining our business development objectives and revising our operational practices. We have some exciting things in the works and will keep you updated as they manifest. Until then, stay sane, stay safe and stay strong!

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