“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength … The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius
When the Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher wrote these words in his “Meditations” he was far from home and at war with Germanic tribes somewhere in present day Austria. He was no stranger to hardship. War, civil war, disease, economic troubles all were part of his 20 year reign. Yet he manged to remain hopeful, positive, caring and compassionate.
This past week was one of confusion and disruption. I take some comfort from these words written by a leader nearly 2,000 years ago and I hope you can too.
Some Additional information heading into what promises to more difficult and confusing times:
- The Council of Industry will remain “open” to serve our members. We will most likely be working remotely, but our team will be working to get you the information you need. Look for updates on this blog, Zoom meetings (we are planning for a Thursday call for CEOs to discuss best practices and share ideas and concerns. We are hoping to have a series of calls in the coming weeks), our magazine will be ready to go in early April (most likely digital only) Our Green Belt Course will be held as online beginning April 1, with an orientation session set for participants March 25th. We are available via email and phone during our regular hours.
- We will be working with ESD and others to facilitate the manufacture of critical medical supplies including masks, gowns, gloves, other PPE and Ventilators. If you have some expertise and/or equipment that can be rapidly transitioned I want to know about it. You would not only be doing much to help the community but the State is investing and purchasing as well.
- Finally, I could not be more proud of our association. For sure our staff, Denise, Alison and especially Johnnieanne have been exceptional. They are hard working, caring and selfless. As for you, our members and associate members, I am humbled by your actions. For the past 10 days or so you have acted selflessly, thoughtfully and compassionately, putting the safety, well being and economic security of you employees above all else and I want you all to know that that is appreciated.
Our association turns 110 years old this June. We have seen a lot. Market crashes, world wars, cold wars terrorist attacks, financial crises and more. This virus, and our reaction to it will be another challenge. Given our initial response I am confident we will rise to meet it.