Prism of Possibilities

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President's Message: It's a New Year - Let's make it a good one!

January 2021 

As we look back to 2020...wait! Don't look back. Let us look to 2021 as a new beginning! I am not going to harp about making news year's resolutions, but simply ask you to think about the possibilities for a better future. When think about the new year, I am reminded of a quote from Ellen Goodman, "We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws but for potential." I really think we should all take a moment and think about this. 

Recently, I was speaking to a woman I met when I first came to New Bern. I see her every few months, and we usually chat about our family and what has been happening in our lives. She totally surprised me when she told me of her plans to open a new business in 2021 right here in New Bern! She was so excited to share her dream of opening this business and filled me in on all the details of what this business will be and how she envisions it. She has already been in touch with Craven Community College’s Small Business Center to get the ball rolling.

Fortunately, she has a steady, stable job, but her husband has been laid off for quite some time and cannot find a job. She told me that she believes the reason her husband has not found a job is because this new business adventure is his true calling. I am so in awe of her. Given the world we are now living in, she is looking to make a new start and venture out to own a business with her husband. She plans to continue working in her current position and will help her husband a few days a week. Here is another example of the possibilities of a better future for her and her family! Stay tuned!

So, as we look to 2021, keep an open mind, think positively, and open your hearts to your prism of possibilities.

I wish you all a Happy New Year. Please continue to be safe and healthy!

All my best,


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