As homeschoolers, we are always looking for "teachable moments". And explaining the true impact of Coronovirus to an 8 and 12 year old isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. We've been trying to answer surprisingly tricky questions for the past couple weeks. Luckily - we were equipped for this situation and all we had to do was go to the family board game cabinet. That's right . . . last night we played Pandemic! In this clever board game specialized roles are assigned to each player (researcher, operations, scientist, etc.) who then has a specific skill that only they can contribute as you attempt to contain and cure outbreaks around the globe. You win or lose as a group. I can honestly report that game play was eerily consistent with current events.
This experience wasn't purposely morbid. Nor was it tastelessly flippant about the true human cost of COVID-19. Instead, I think the 8, 12, 44, and 46 year old playing the game all learned a thing or two from Pandemic that will carry us through the coming weeks with a slightly better-informed outlook.
The takeaway was simple:
We each must play to our strengths.
You must always be ready to adapt.
Finding solutions outside your own expertise is critical.
Without working as a team, failure is guaranteed.
So, in the spirit of these valuable lessons, please see below for our contributions to a suddenly changing market and world that might never entirely return to its original shape post-Coronavirus. Use BTX for our strengths, adapt to our new solutions, and help everybody overcome as a team. We at BTX wish you good health and a speedy return to normal operations.