Letters From Leton: How Are You Doing?

How are you doing?

If you are like me, you may be a little stressed right now… Covid-19 not going away. Cold weather. A bit of cabin fever.

So what are we going to do about it?

First, I realize that I work at a Bank that cares about me and allows me to put my family first, including caring for ill ones.

Next, I bring an attitude of understanding to my interactions, especially when folks are being a little testy or perhaps are not their normal friendly selves.

Lastly, I remember that while what we do is very important, there are things that can or will have to wait until we get folks back to work.

I know that we are not the only business or entity dealing with all of this, but unlike some, we take great pride in our service levels and hate to see anything decrease that, which in turn creates more pressure on us.

Well, I wanted to let you know that it is ok. It is ok to be frustrated. It is ok to want Covid-19 and all of this mess to be over.

Whatever it takes, we will be fine. 

We are here for one another, and while we are all tired of Covid-19, we cannot (will not) let it get the best of us or diminish how we treat and encourage one another.

My departed friend Takis (Jack) Carayanis told me a story of how his parents’ restaurant failed during the Great Depression.

That evening after the restaurant closed, Jack’s father came home, asked his mother to dress up, and took her out for an evening on the town.

Jack said his father told him he had all that he needed in his life (Jack’s mom), and he wanted to go dancing with the person he loved on that hard day.

Tomorrow he would look for work (and eventually open another restaurant), but today he put all of the stresses behind him and danced with his wife.

Take some time for yourself to go dancing.

And let others know you understand and care.

Stay safe.

– Leton


“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.