If you listen closely, there is an undercurrent going on in Connecticut by those who are coming together to brainstorm about their current or newly-formed businesses that in many cases are springing out of one’s passion.
Who do you know that hasn’t been laid off, worried they’re going to be, or are being forced to reinvent themselves.
In these photos, you’re looking at one of thousands of new entrepreneurs who are making it their mission to grow their businesses and their hobbies, whatever it is into what’s new to make Connecticut come alive once again.
Connecting is powerful, it’s coming out of necessity, and it’s a good thing. It’s daunting but there is safety in numbers and when you surround yourself by forward thinkers your own endeavors start to become doable.
The ride can be a lot of fun when you’re in the company of those who truly care about you and the state and doing good for others. Isn’t that what we should have been doing all along? How did we get the train so far off the tracks?
The greed of the country has gotten us into a big mess and now it’s everyday people baning together making a powerful base to dig America out.
This need to move forward responsibly is going on everywhere at coffee klatches and luncheons, in diners, Sunday dinners. This is what the country did after World War II and it worked then and it will work again. It is a huge undertaking, but there is a brave army of folks pushing their way up from the bottom to get things going again. I count myself in that infantry.
One such “front line” gathering took place recently at the Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Everybody brought a dish and talked and shared ideas. There was some kind of power in this room and it was exhilarating to be a part of it.
Surrounded by great food and flowers and the beauty of an historic New England Inn, this group and others like it around the Nutmeg state are getting organized in their thoughts about how to move forward in a very tough economy.
There is talk of sharing and bartering and helping and believing anything is possible. These are the new movers and shakers in the country and this group of people at the very grassroots level will be powerful, momentum is building.
I for one can’t get enough of such groups. For some reason a generation or two forgot how to do this.
The world wide web has us all sitting at our desks connecting, but you’ve got to get out of that room after establishing contacts through Facebook or Twitter or however it is that you are doing that and get eye-to-eye contact going, that is where the real solutions lie. Friendships and partnerships and goodwill and caring about one another, that’s the ticket out of this siutation.
This “right brain” group gets it and so will you if you take my advice.
Get a group going of like minds together who are willing to shun the “it’s all about me” mentality, and you will see quickly the power you can put in one room. It’s empowering and enlightening and you will begin to figure out what’s next for this generation and for those which follow.
It is up to all of us to start leading the way to prosperity to leave a bright future for our children and grandchildren, it is my assumption that we don’t have a choice.
P.S. I’d like to thank Hartford Woman Online for the repost of this blog post on April 1, 2010, most kind of you.