17 Mar Pause
For many these are trying times and hoping the Pinch Pals can provide a bit of an optimistic view and assistance to remain engaged.
2020 is getting off to quite the bumpy start. Where I live In Northern Virginia schools are closed, community gatherings discouraged, “social distancing” is the new buzz word. Our world is in a free-fall with the hour by hour moving target of Coronavirus.
Like all of us, PinchPals are individuals with unique personalities. Their simple figurative form resembles most of us at some point in our lives…a bit of a belly. When I originally created them they were very much a part of a group, a community. (Blog Post 2 gives that back-story). And PinchPals put a smile on most faces. They are goofy. They are engaging.
During these challenging times many of you may feel isolated. I think about my elderly relatives, they most certainly are feeling alone with senior homes and community centers closing to visitors, including family members. I have also been thinking about friends I’ve been out of touch with for a while, this is a great time to reach out, to re-engage. We are going to enter into a slower pace for the next few weeks. The virus is bigger than us and I’m thinking the sooner we embrace the “pause”, knowing we are all in this together, the easier the new routines become. In other words we’ll all have some time on our hands. Hitting “pause” may actually be a gift to us. A chance to re-set and reflect. The silver lining.
Nurturing your tribe will absolutely help beat the inevitable boredom. With technology, virtual visits, face time and teleconference calls anywhere in the world are possible. This is a great time to connect and engage with friends, and in a more meaningful way than drinks in a noisy bar.
Is there someone you’ve been out of touch with for a while and are on your mind? Maybe you’re at a loss for words it’s been so long? The PinchPals can help you break the ice, re-connect and stay connected. They are gentle reminders that “I am thinking of you”, “I’m just a call away”, “You can depend on me.”
Missing a connection with a young person in your world, our animation “Stormy Day” might give their day a lift. Unless they are under 12 years old chances are the phone is tethered to their hand! Your introduction of the video to them may spark a conversation.
Sharing a PinchPals animation is a completely free way to engage with someone. Gifting a PinchPal is another way to show you care, and we have a variety of options in our store. And after we emerge from the necessity for “social distancing” the clay studio will be firing up full force with employment opportunities for as many folks as we can manage.
Hitting pause is not a bad thing, and we just may have no choice. Let’s rejuvenate and reflect. Let’s find and engage with our creative mojo. This just may be a long overdue opportunity for all of us to be clear about what truly is most important. Connect with those you care about. Stay safe, stay sane, wash your hands!
PinchPals are all of us! Let someone know you’ve got their back.