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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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Where Did All of the "Pepper" Go?

That may seem like a bit of an odd question, but given that in recent years I have considered myself to have that "distinguished salt & pepper" hair color. Now we all know that is really just a way of saying the brown is about gone. Considering that I am sometimes lovingly referred to as "Old Gray" or "Mr. S & P", I have to wonder, just where did all of my "Pepper" go anyway?

Now before you say, "well Mark, it probably just runs in the family", let me tell you that my father still has a nearly full head of brown hair. So why are the gray genes picking on me? Some may stay it must be stress. Well, it does get a bit hectic and sometimes (just like everyone else), I am getting pulled in several different directions at the same time. Deadlines need to be met and not enough hours in the day; BUT stress...no way!

Many of us also know of friends and neighbors dealing with family illnesses and others have loved ones serving in the military and are living 24/7 in harm’s way so we can enjoy things like ball games, and Easter-Egg Hunts…now that’s real stress! Please join me and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers Sometimes I think it is easy for us to take advantage of how well we really have it, and to lose sight of what is really important. When I stop and think about how truly blessed I am, I need to try and get better at being thankful for all of the many blessings I am privileged to enjoy each and every day.

Coming up in just a couple of weeks we will be celebrating the Easter Season. I hope everyone will find time to pause at least for a few minutes and return thanks for the many blessing we enjoy. So, as I was running a comb through my mostly gray hair getting ready for a day of meeting new folks and spreading the good word about our community, I thought about what message I might share with you. I paused for a minute and while I was looking in the mirror, I noticed that most of the pepper is gone and one of these days in the very near future I am likely be called simply "Mr. Salt." I am going to try and keep a healthy perspective on things and not let it stress me out. After all, in the great big scheme of things, I am one lucky guy! Hey, come to think of it, having a bunch of salt up there may be better than having nothing up there at all in my case.

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