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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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Traffic & the Silver Lining

It’s not just our imagination; there really are more cars on our streets and roads than ever before. To those who have relocated here from highly populated areas in other parts of the country, even our worst traffic days may seem like not much at all. On the other hand, to those who remember the not too distant past right here in Mt Juliet, some of our peak travel times may seem like Times Square. I have to say that both are probably right. At the end of the day it’s just a matter of perspective.

Like you, I’m not much for sitting in traffic and even a little can sometimes seem like a lot. In the past I’ve often been somewhere between inconvenienced and downright irritated. My personal perspective changed a bit last week and maybe I can at least cause you to raise an eyebrow as well. Maybe you too will see a similar silver lining in all of the growing congestion. Please know that I wholeheartedly agree we need to work as hard as we can each and every day to make good decisions and have the best plans possible to minimize the current and future growth. We all see it coming and those who can impact change need to do so every step of the way.

I mentioned a change in perspective last week and it came during a meeting of my peers from across the entire state. The speaker shared with us something he had heard that seems to make a lot of sense. Sitting still in traffic one day it dawned on him that the huge increase in all of the cars and trucks sharing the roads in his town was really a good thing. Sure it was becoming an inconvenience at times, but as he looked around it occurred to him that his town was growing by leaps and bounds. That sounds pretty very familiar to me and to those of us who call Mt Juliet and Wilson County home. All of these cars, trucks, trains, bicycles, and pedestrians represent a popular, vibrant, growing, diversified, and healthy community. It also represents something near and dear to my heart and that is “commerce”.

All of our new friends and neighbors are coming here for the same opportunities that many of us have enjoyed for many years; even generations in some cases! As we continue to grow, even more businesses, retailers, and site selectors will likely make the decision to located here. That means more jobs, more opportunities, and a healthier community for all of us. One of the things that makes our community so special is our willingness to share what we have and a genuinely friendly sense of community. We should be proud of that and thankful that so many others want to come and be a part of such a special place. When they get here they will probably have a couple of cars too. If we are lucky, we may even see them out and about.

So the next time we are in a bit of traffic, stopped at the train tracks, or letting a cyclist cross the road, let’s wave, smile, and spread good cheer. I’m sure it will make them feel better and I am certain it will bring a smile to us too. Think of it as another silver lining for the privilege of living in such a welcoming community! 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 www.mtjulietchamber.com.

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