Well, the election is over. The main thrust of the media frenzy leading up to the election of Donald Trump as the 44th president of the United States has hushed. Somewhat.
The year is over, too. It seems the business calendar actually ends in mid-November and then picks back up in the New Year. As general contractors, the work doesn’t stop for us during the holidays so we do our best to push schedules while respecting the families of our team and our partners. We also work around the seasonal weather patterns.
To say things have been turbulent for our country this past year is an understatement. 2016 has been tumultuous with all of the unrest and the shootings and now a historical – and controversial – election. A lot of us feel uneasy right now, as the future is cloudy. We don’t know whether to expect sunshine or a hurricane.
If you are one of those who feel unsettled by these times, allow me to offer some perspective:
- This is nothing new. Though our circumstances are unique, as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, there’s nothing new under the sun. There aren’t new problems, just new people and new circumstances. Look at history and you’ll see we have it very good.
- Remember the working man (and woman). I don’t have much faith in politicians, but I am encouraged when I spend time on a jobsite. The men and women out there running conduit, operating equipment, pouring concrete, and doing the other aspects of building are an inspiration. Their humble, hard work is not pretty. It can be muddy, thankless, and even bloody. But they work hard for their living and they work hard for their families. This is inspiring. These folks are building this great country.
- Consider Your Next Door Neighbors. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you have neighbors – probably several. When the world seems insane, think about these people. Odds are they are pretty solid people.
- What Can You Do? Most of us aren’t politicians or billionaires. Sometimes the tide of our culture seems outside our control – and to a degree, it is. But you can make a difference. You can work hard. You can treat people the way you want to be treated. You can pursue excellence. You can choose to be grateful. If you do these things, you will change the lives of other people without meaning to. If we call did these things, we’d find the world a more beautiful place.
So go ahead and make your 2017 goals. Eat plenty and enjoy the company of family and friends. 2017 is coming and there is much work to do – but for now, let’s just enjoy our blessings.