Vail Valley: It’s how you react to the world that makes a difference
Tough stuff in the news these days. Violence, pestilence, economic woes and, and, and …Of course, those of us who have spent significant time on this planet know it’s always been that way. Life goes in cycles, plain and simple. Some times are better. Some are worse. Sometimes evil is far away. Sometimes it’s standing right in front you. It stinks, but it’s truth, and that’s that. How’s that for profound observation? An observation that’s a little less obvious is that it’s not how the world is that matters – it’s how you react to it that makes the difference. Most of us discover early in life that there are some things we can control and some we cannot, so we develop coping skills that range from sticking our heads in the sand to direct intervention. That’s a continuum representing a wide range of possibilities, I know, but we all stand somewhere along that line. One of the great things about living in this community is that most of us are activists in some form or another. We don’t readily accept the status quo. We don’t like being victims, and we are surely not going to shut up about our opinions, feelings and thoughts. What I like most about that is that most of us prefer to take action. When someone is hurt or in need, we help. When we think something can be done better, we tell someone. When we feel put upon, we squawk. All of that, however, depends on someone giving a damn. Someone has to listen, take action and correct the situation. So whether it’s getting back on the horse that threw you, getting back on your skis after a mind-numbing face plant, adjusting to the realities of the new economy or fighting for your political beliefs, it’s all good as long as something good comes of it.Just don’t be a victim. Our Vail Valley Partnership members are a wonderful example of how it’s done. More than ever, they’re networking, coming to presentations, participating in programs, doing business with one another and lending their like-minded brethren a helping hand. I see it every day. People are meeting formally and informally, nonprofits are creating unique events to keep their mission-critical activities going, enterprises are fighting for available dollars to bring events to the valley. They’re sharing intelligence, developing meaningful data and innovating programs that benefit the broadest possible constituencies. In other words, they have hope that things will improve, and they’re doing everything in their power to take it beyond blind faith and make things better. No victims here. We may not always agree on how to do things, but we agree that it must be done and we stick our noses out. We may not always grab the ring, but we are always grabbing at it. We may not always know what’s coming, but we prepare for the worst and work for the best. I’m inspired. It’s easy to succeed when it’s all bluebirds and bunnies, not so easy when it’s buzzards and badgers. But always, wherever you look in this valley, you see valor and high-mindedness. I’m reminded of a stanza from the brilliant, life-guiding poem, the Desiderata.” … For the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.”Heroism here is not a rare occurrence; it’s a way of life. Our community will survive this mess, and it will always be so. Take heart. You’ve got friends in high places.Event update• Wednesday: Business After Hours mixer, Nine Iron Grille, Cordillera Club, Edwards. Members only.• Friday: This is the deadline for the 2009 Success Awards nominations. Forms available online at http://www.vailvalleypartnership.com.• Dec. 2: Success in :60 Seconds, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Manor Vail Resort. Members only.