You can believe your doubts, but never doubt your beliefs

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The coronavirus pandemic is frightening enough from a human illness standpoint, but I’m concerned some companies won’t recover, with or without a government loan.

There were several companies that were on the ropes before this started. Big names like JC Penney and Sears are closing their doors in more and more stores.

Gene Talmadge, who was governor of Georgia during much of the Great Depression, is often credited with saying that “the poor farmer has only three friends on this earth: Almighty God, Sears Roebuck and Gene Talmadge”

Well, Gene has been dead for over 70 years. Sears, once the very image of a strong American company, is on an economic fan.

Brick and mortar stores have been battling the Internet for several years. Unlike previous generations, millennials don’t bother going to stores to shop. They will order clothes and other goods online and if they don’t work, they will send them back.

Some companies are currently missing their busiest season.

Christopher Davidson, who owns a bridal and formal wear store in Gainesville Square, has many prom dresses that have been ordered and not paid for. At the same time, the future of public gatherings at events like weddings is unclear. As a result, brides don’t buy dresses and everything that goes with them. In addition, Davidson also directs and provides assistance services for these weddings.

There are other businesses that depend on what would be going on right now, such as florists, limo companies, and fancy restaurants.

Speaking of restaurants, many are trying to hang on by providing take out food. But the people who do take out cannot order an appetizer, dessert, or drinks. They are all profit centers for restaurants.

The aforementioned farmers are struggling to find a market for their crops. In years past, late winter blasts or a massive rainstorm have ruined many seasonal crops. This year, the farmers had the right weather ingredients.

Many of them had found new customers in the farm-to-table concept which promotes the idea of ​​fresh produce. This year the restaurants are empty except for someone making a take out order.

Many self-employed workers, such as hairdressers, have been ordered to close. Due to the independent entrepreneur style of their business, they may not have a relationship with a bank to make a loan to keep them afloat.

The other thing that is so scary is the prospect of the government giving companies repeated cash injections. We keep talking about billions and billions of dollars. Somehow we the people will have to pay it back.

Think about this: a million hours ago was 1885. A billion hours ago man had not walked the earth.

The only thing that we have in abundance is faith, belief in things unseen. We believe in God, who got us out of difficult times and who will do it again. We have a long way to go to get out of the current situation and there will be times when we wonder if we will get there.

I’ve heard that you can believe your doubts, but you should never doubt your beliefs. Remember this daily.

Harris Blackwood is a resident of Gainesville whose columns appear on the Sunday Life page and at www.gainesvilletimes.com.


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