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Marketplace

Chamber View: Taking time to appreciate what you have

Oftentimes we get caught up with everyday life and don’t take time to appreciate the things we have. We may have a house, car or job but we always want a bigger house, a nicer car or a higher-paying job. When it comes to weather in our area, we sometimes take for granted the beautiful fall scenery or activities that come with having all four seasons.

Having lived in other areas, I’ve been guilty of not making the most of where I’ve lived and always wishing for something to be different that I didn’t have where I was at. Living in Colorado, I didn’t take advantage of the unique experiences that it had to offer until I was moving away. Prior to that I lived in Florida and again, the beach was always going to be there and the weather was always going to be warm so I could go tomorrow.

It’s human nature to want things but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate what we have. For example, as we complain about the weather in Illinois, we don’t think about the fact that we don’t have to worry about hurricanes like they had in Texas and now Florida. The same could be said about our community. As we complain about things that are not being done that we believe should be, we’re not taking the time to appreciate what this community offers.

How many people in Florida or Texas would much rather deal with shoveling snow in the winter than worrying about their home being leveled or floating away? Our community has many unique opportunities that you don’t get in other areas. Whiskey Aces offers something very distinctive with one of only two seed-to-spirit distilleries in the country. What about Jonamac Orchard and all it offers to kids, adults and families?

We have the best black dirt in the world right here in our area that provides many unique opportunities that others do not have. There are many attributes that we take for granted in our area. Let’s be sure to enjoy and appreciate those while we continue to support and think about those affected by natural disasters across the country.

Oktoberfest – Tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. is the Oktoberfest After Hours at the Aspen Ridge Business Park. With 15 different members hosting this event, it continues to be a fun annual gathering featuring Oktoberfest food and drinks with great door prizes.

Leadership Academy – Our 14th Leadership Academy class begins tomorrow. Each class brings a different dynamic and creates lasting projects to better our community. You’ll see biographies on these class members in the coming months.

• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

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