After a week off the road, I'm off to CT at the end of this week. While the trip is not to Hartford, I hope to see how our friend and board member (on leave) Oz Griebel is doing in his bid to become Governor. He's giving it a good run for the Republican nomination. Go Oz!
There was a story in the Washington Post today about the "unthinkable" becoming almost-routine reality in recent years -- monster earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods of biblical proportions, scandals involving iconic political, sports and entertainment "heroes," state deficits unmendable and, of course man-made disasters so terrible that the impact (short- and long-term seems nearly nuclear. Unthinkable political alliances. Unthinkable corporate mergers of competitors. Unthinkable swings in Wall Street fortunes. The loss of an unthinkably large chamber sponsor. Unthinkable global interconnectivity causing every unthinkable thing in every place to be OUR thing.
When I get to CT for my visit, just as during my recent meetings in Texas, Georgia, California and Kansas, I expect to find the audience questions and side conversations to be focused not only on these mega matters, but also on the crises people in one region and each town are facing. Mostly, I expect to hear how they're handling them. That's what chamber people do -- they handle it. Whatever it is, they deal with it the best they possibly can for their members and communities. They (you) don't get to gasp and feel your belly drop out from under you when you hear about these unthinkable things. You've got work to do. Unthinkable? Nah!