Letter from the President – April 2021

Spring has sprung

Isn’t it funny how a little sunshine in our lives can make every day easier to face? Walking outside this morning I saw all the little perennials popping up through the ground, and the yellow, blue and purple made me realize that there is still life all around me despite the burned trees that might be trying to distract my attention.

I think the birds are getting up earlier these days and their songs seem louder and more cheerful. Construction is going on all around me, a great sound. Rebuilding is starting and homes will soon be filled with folks again that love this valley and the river as much as I do.

Often, we focus on the negative parts of our life. For many, the past several months have been very depressing, making it hard to find the positive side of life. You have experienced burnout, stopped noticing what is good, what is working and where you can have an impact. You may even lose sight of what you really want and why it even matters. You feel out of sorts and react to the world around you a little bit differently than a year ago. When was the last time you checked in with yourself? Asked yourself, what is most important to me, now? Why is this important to me? What is my desired outcome here? What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? What can I do for someone else?

At the end of the day, it does not matter how busy you are, if you are not clear on who you are and the direction you want to follow. Today, take the time to reconnect with yourself. What are your needs? How can you help someone else that may be less fortunate than yourself? It is easy to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. That is not the answer to rebuilding your self-esteem, healing, and putting your life back together again.  

Remember why you moved to this lovely community of the McKenzie River Valley, why you started your business here and why you chose to raise a family here. I would bet it all started on a beautiful sunny day, and then many more followed.

“Dance, Dance, Dance like nobody is watching, it must come from the heart if you want it to last,” is part of my favorite song. It always makes me feel better when I sing this song. Anyone can dance, even if it is just in your mind.

 It will take time to heal ourselves and our community, but time heals all ~~

Sincerely,

Nadine Scott, president  McKenzie Chamber of Commerce