Yesterday I traveled up to outside of Blacksburg, Virginia for work. I don't like to put the small town name just in case someone searches... Today I am probably in the air as we speak to outside of DC for a quick day trip to look at a building we're constructing. Tomorrow I'm going to Boone area for another day trip. Saturday Kevin and I fly down to New Orleans for the BCS National Championship game (on Monday night) until Tuesday. Next Wednesday/Thursday I'm back in the air again to VA Beach. Whew. I'm glad I got that out there so I remember where to go this next week!
But that's not what I wanted to talk about today. Well it sorta is but anyway....
Yall know I travel for work. Well I usually go to really small towns up and down the east coast from Massachusetts down to South Carolina. Towns that are 45 minutes from a Wal-Mart or Target. Towns that have zero chain restaurants like Applebees. Towns that have so many trailers and the poverty is so great.
But in these towns, life is easy. I LOVE it. Everyone is so nice. Today I was taking some pictures and this man came up to me just to say hi and told me to have a good day. Genuine.
As you may know, I go to these towns to look at potential sites for some retailers we develop for. When we tell them that it is a possibility that our tenant may come to town, you should see the look on their face. They just get so excited. If I told you the tenant, you probably haven't been to one, maybe you have but it isn't where you all go shop for clothes. But these people are soooo excited just to have somewhere for clothes and necessities. They are excited about the possibility of bringing 20 jobs to their community. I can't imagine.
(And I must say after I went into the store when I started working on them, they are pretty cool...and have anything you need!)
Anyway, the point is, I've been reminded many times over the last 5 years as I go visit these small towns or drive through certain areas of the country - we are so lucky. So lucky.
One of my favorite quotes of Kevin's is - "The more you have, the more complicated your life is." It's true.
I just love going to these places, seeing new things, meeting new people and getting back to reality. I think we all get wrapped up in where we live, what we wear, who we associate with....I'm challenging myself this year to really not care about how pretty my living room is or what so and so will think of what I wear. It isn't about that.