FORGING AHEAD DURING TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY
Erika S. Veth, EdD
Millennium Computer Systems, Ltd.
June 17, 2020
Toward the end of March, when we’d all been sent home to work and school for our children had been cancelled, I purchased a chicken egg incubator thinking that hatching a new brood of baby chicks might be a good way to pass the time. We have had chickens for years and whenever we need to refresh the flock, we usually head on down to the farm and feed store and pick out a few fluffy cute chicks to raise until they are ready to join the flock. However, we’d never hatched chicks before and since we would all be indefinitely available to hand-turn eggs several times a day, we decided to give it a go.
Like our time in quarantine, lock-down, and the various phases of re-openings and new social distancing guidelines, hatching and subsequently raising chicks was a really good reminder that life in all forms has many uncertainties, some loss, an innate persistence to keep going, and, of course, much joy.
Most of us are united in this time of unknowns—some of us working from home, some essential workers at hospitals and grocery stores having to go to work each day, and so many finding themselves suddenly un- or under-employed. And none of us knowing when it will be over or when it will improve—perhaps it will get worse again. The entire team at Millennium has been working from home since mid-March, and our primary goal is to support our current clients rather than to assertively reach out to potential new clients (as is part of my job), knowing that they too are in this weird purgatory of sorts. There are countless unknowns when it comes to budgets, state/provincial funding, and fall enrollment. So how can colleges and universities commit to new software implementations when they aren’t sure the dollars will be there in the next fiscal year? We understand that and have only recently started dipping our toes back into prospective customer outreach.
However, as is the case with baby chicks, we must continue to march forward and make decisions with the information we have available to us. When we first turned on our incubator on March 31st, we debated how many eggs to put in—we wanted about 2-3 new hens for egg laying, but there were so many ambiguities. If we added too few eggs, it was all too possible to end up with only a lonely rooster. If we incubated too many eggs, we could end up with far too many birds than could fit in our coop. In the end, we decided to incubate six eggs.