CHAMBER NEWS & VIEWS – The Observer News

I would like to take this time to wish you all a very safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. For those of you flying out of town to visit friends and family, I wish you a safe journey. I hope none of you fly to the Buffalo, New York area. Six feet of snow isn’t on most people’s bucket list unless you’re an Olympic skier. And for those of you traveling by air, remember that loaded handguns are frowned upon in your carry-on luggage. Nationwide, TSA officers seized 5,972 firearms at security checkpoints in 2021. About 86 percent of them were loaded. Think about it. If you’re visiting friends or family who are so scary they’re telling you to pack up, you might want to reconsider your destination or your friends and family.
If you are lucky enough not to have to cook, please text me the address where you will be. Kitchens are not my favorite places. Tables, on the other hand, do. And I promise to help wash the dishes. If you find yourself stuck in the kitchen, be careful. I’ve spent too many vacations in the ER, although for some reason Easter is usually my most dangerous cooking vacation. Knife and fire are always my most feared enemies. Learn from my mistakes and just be careful.
And remember, stretchy pants are your friends this week. We all know the “old” adage: Leftovers are for slackers.
Take some time to think about what you are thankful for. It can be your friends or family or something else. That depends on your friends and family I suppose. Personally, I’m grateful this year that our Chamber Golf Classic last week was such a success. I would like to thank our sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, our golfers and an amazing group of volunteers who walked around behind the scenes to make sure everyone was having a good time while raising funds “in front of” the chamber.
And to our chamber members, I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to meet and work with you throughout the year. You all inspire me with the generosity of your time and your knowledge of how to navigate the business landscape. Keep up the good work and take a break to enjoy your vacation!
Before we get into what you should be thankful for, there’s one important reason to say thank you: it’s good for you. Counting your blessings is not just a platitude. Studies have shown that regular expressions of gratitude can lower blood pressure, relieve anxiety and depression, and even help you sleep better.
Lynne Conlan is Chief Executive of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111 or email [email protected]


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