When I was in government and in the private sector, I always took time at the end of each year to reflect on the accomplishments of the state government or the company I was running. More often than not, I found myself surprised at our ability to overcome challenges and move forward.
Visitors entering the lobby of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during the holiday season immediately see a pair of small decorated trees. We call them the Giving Trees, because employees select ornaments with gift suggestions for local children in need.
(Above: Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer)
As Thanksgiving approaches, I always take time to consider the experiences of the early settlers arriving in the New World.
Life seems to flow a little easier when we have things we can count on. Perhaps it’s that hot cup of coffee from the corner shop each morning or football games on Sunday afternoons. It might be the same old haircut from your barber or a weekly phone call from a close friend.
In my home state of Maine, the leaves are on the ground and everyone is getting ready for cold weather. It’s a busy time for the owner of my local hardware store, who has to figure out how he’ll keep all the snowblowers, shovels, and ice scrapers in stock during the long winter.