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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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Michelangelo, Rodin, and Us!

I’ll bet you never put that group together have you? Well, there is something that each of us shares with two of the most well-known sculptors of all time. Michelangelo and Rodin started many of their famous works of art with nothing more than a hunk of clay or stone. As they began chipping away at this chunk of stone or molding their hunk of clay, beautiful works of art began to emerge. Well, guess what; we too get a bit of a fresh start in the very near future.

With the New Year only a few days away, what will our personal work of art known as 2014 look like when it is complete? Are we going to place our soon-to-be finished piece of work we call 2013 right next to it so we have something to look at while we carve away at our newest piece? Or will we carve away with entirely new energy, creativeness, excitement, and vision? Nothing says our new piece has to look anything like the one we are about to finish. Imagine walking thru a museum and all of the pieces of art looking exactly the same. That would be pretty boring I think.

What if our annual pieces of work were our life’s museum? Would visitors be surprised or even excited to look around the next corner of our museum to see what mysteries lay ahead? I’m not a daredevil nor do I consider myself much of an extremist that takes daring chances with my life on a daily basis. But, I don’t want every piece of art in my life’s museum to look exactly the same either. Maybe this is the year that my next piece leaves visitors to my museum with a wild look of surprise on their faces. Maybe it will give them a chuckle; there are already a few of those pieces in my museum! What if it just leaves them scratching their head wondering what I was thinking? Maybe I’ll bait them with a teaser for 2015’s piece?

If you’re like me, I can’t tell you what might be around the next corner. I suppose our life’s sculpture (our final masterpiece, so to speak), is really made up of all of our little yearly pieces. As we glance in the rear view mirror known as 2013, let’s be excited and re-energized about the unlimited possibilities of what we are seeing thru the windshield in front of us known as 2014. What will emerge from our hunk of clay or chunk of stone? You have to admit, it does give us reason to stop and imagine the possibilities.

If you find yourself sitting down in the next few days giving this some thought, you are not alone. Remember that one of Rodin’s most recognized pieces is actually call “The Thinker”. I hope your 2014 is all you want it to be! I will see you right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at

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