President’s Letter: Spread the Love

President’s Letter: Spread the Love

By: Leigh Tidwell

July 2016 is one for the record books.  It has been tumultuous to say the least.  We have seen random acts of violence spread throughout our country at a rapid rate.  The world as we know it is changing very quickly and our conversations are changing as well.  In the aftermath of the shooting in downtown Dallas, we are starting to talk openly about the impact this has on our city, our families, and our businesses.  No longer are we immune to the violence that happens in “other cities”.  Now it’s in our backyard.  Although I hate the vehicle that has brought us here, I do welcome the open and honest dialog that has resulted from it.  It is even more important that we continue to grow and support our community, starting with us and the people who live here.  I encourage you to get and stay involved as we take these next steps toward the future of our city.

My resolution from January – be Present, be Patient, be Prepared – has taken on new meaning in July.  When I’m present, do I see the people I pass every day?  In the grocery store, at the gas station, at my favorite local restaurant?  Do I really look at people, smile, hold the door open?  Or am I wrapped up in my phone, my thoughts, my day?  Am I patient on the freeway, waiting in line, or waiting for a response?  Or do I get aggravated and not consider what others may be facing in their day and lives.  Only assuming the worst and putting my needs first? Am I prepared?  This one is tough for me.  I love to live in a world of rose-colored glasses where these things don’t happen and I don’t have to have tough conversations.  I’m fortunate however, to live in Dallas/Fort Worth and to have these conversations with my friends, family, and peers for greater understanding and personal growth.  I also have to face that there are certain steps that we have to take to protect and recognize what to do in instances like this.  We all work with the public and need to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves, our families, and attendees in case of this type of emergency.  Please watch for us to introduce this tough topic over the coming months.  In the meantime, I encourage you to smile, engage a stranger, hold a door open, and be kind to your neighbor.  We all share being human in common – spread the love.