Photo courtesy of Emily Stearns

Sharing smiles


Being selfless is hard under normal circumstances. That big win at work makes you want to boast, and rightfully so, and that major embar- rassment makes you want to profess how humiliating it was, hoping to somehow tone it down. That is normal. That is human.

The coronavirus started out primed with doubt, skepticism, fear and noise. Those qualities quickly shifted, as did reality, and proceeded to take over everyone’s jobs, finances, relationships, health, well-being and escape.

Craving connection is another fundamental human trait and one that may need to be met a little more creatively as social distancing progresses.

Kate Walton, CEO of a company with headquarters in Seattle, had experience working with a vast quantity of remote workers. A messaging platform was in place that allowed employees to exchange ideas while being spread out. As the coronavirus became more serious, she took virtual connection to a new level.

Employees joined in on a video call with their favorite beverage after work one day, a remote happy hour. It was so popular talk of a remote karaoke night started to spin.

As Big Sky is not quarantined but limited in con- nection after recent bar, restaurant and Big Sky Resort closure, local businesses are putting actions in place to essentially do the same thing—support their people and make someone smile.

The Country Market is offering free delivery services to those in need. People can call or email their orders and, “we’ll do our best to get whatever we can on the list,” Megan Rhead, Country Market employee, said.

Rhead explained Lynne Anderson’s motivation for offering this service. They cannot cure coronavirus, but they can make sure people get fed. “What we can do is help those that don’t feel safe coming to the grocery store,” Rhead said.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” Anderson, Country Market owner, said.

Families finding themselves with more time together than usual, especially working families with publicly educated kids, may be scrambling for inspiration. “I think we have to remember that kids are mini versions of ourselves and they benefit just as much from activity and movement as we adults do,” Emily Stearns, performance coach with Lone Peak Performance, said. Adults and kids alike get the immune system boost from exercise. Stearns recommended walks with the family dog or even turning on a home workout video and having the kids join it. Dance parties, fort building competitions, yoga, cooking, art projects and hide and seek are tried and true options as well.

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