Several community members have honored me with compliments over the past few weeks. I want to say thank you for the kind words I have received.
A neighbor I ran into while working commented that I had "really great, personable children" and said that my husband and I were doing a great job raising our three children ages nine, seven and three.
As anyone who has had a hand in raising children knows, it's a tough job. While the rewards of parenting are great, they seldom come during the daily grind of work, school, after school activities, homework and working after hours.
These words paid to my respect were more than flattery to me. They were a vote of confidence, which is something young people and parents need but do not often receive. This lack of support is not because they are undeserving, but because we are too busy to stop and instill confidence by praising others.
I was recently asked to be involved with two different initiatives: one a focus group for Creative Place Making, the other for the Chamber of Commerce's Total Resource Campaign. The folks who asked me to join in their efforts were gracious in bestowing their confidence in my abilities, even if I had yet to prove myself.
I say all this not to laud myself, but to say thank you to those who aim to lift me up and trust me.
With a glad heart, I began to think of selling points for chamber sponsorships, and wanted to motivate others as I have been motivated.
Like the kind individuals who have lifted me up in recent weeks, sponsoring the chamber is an act of support. Like the folks who spent their time to encourage me, buying just a $50 sponsorship encourages the growth of the chamber and the community. Like the community members who believe I can achieve great things, those who support the chamber with sponsorships believe the local business community can achieve great things.
As TRC team members reach out to you asking for your vote of confidence, I urge you to take the time to consider showing your support by sponsoring the chamber. Of course, I would love it if you preferred to commit your sponsorship with my team, which consist of myself, Ejay Colvin and Glenda Allums.
After all, the campaign is a competition of sorts, and I have people who are waiting to see if I live up to their expectations.