I don’t know about you, but I love summer. Hopefully you are getting out and enjoying it. If you live in Minnesota, there’s a lot to do, including plenty of festivals. Speaking of festivals, we had the opportunity to take one in, over the weekend, up by our cabin. Forada Days is a small town festival, near Alexandria, Minnesota, that includes a variety of activities including a street dance, which is always a lot of fun. While we’ve been going to this street dance a number of years, we were especially excited to go this year, as we heard that Corey Stevens was the featured artist.
If you’re not familiar with Corey Stevens, he is an awesome rhythm & blues guitarist that has a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughn, or Eric Clayton. I have to admit, we were somewhat shocked that he was playing at such a small venue, but the music was great! Anyway—during a break, we had the opportunity to chat a little bit with Corey and asked, “What are you doing playing at Forada Days?” He smiled and responded, “I’m working! Yeah—I’ve gotta make a living.” I smiled back and said, “Good for you!”
We ended up purchasing a couple cd’s, and I thought to myself, now here is someone who has the right attitude about work and life. After-all, no matter the size of the crowd, this person is doing something he loves, is good at, and has a passion for.
I got to thinking a little more, and thought, “Funny thing, but a lot of us in the building and remodeling industry have had to have this same attitude over the last couple years.” While many of us experienced the “boom” years, with big projects and big profits, we’ve all had to adjust somewhat, as the economy turned. The big projects, turned into smaller ones, sometimes few and far between. While things are finally coming around, many of us had to get back to the basics and remember why we are doing what we are doing. Remember—it was the small projects that got us those bigger projects in the first place.
Let’s all let our passions move us forward. One more time…
Here’s a photo from the street dance I wanted to share:
Thanks for reading!