Last year, around this time, we added a new little tree to our backyard, a Dogwood. It looked so small and fragile that we wondered if it would survive our Camas winters. We often experience cold temperatures and strong winds that blow in from the Columbia River Gorge.
Fortunately, we planted it in the good spot, one with sun in the summer, good drainage, and a bit of protection from winter's bitter winds. Obviously, we did something right, as the little Dogwood tree is holding its own and is currently covered in huge, creamy white blossoms.
The little Dogwood tree is representative of good planning, attention to detail and determination - the same principles that apply to any successful outcome. Each time I see those branches covered in white, it reminds me of my own business - and it too is showing signs of healthy new growth this Spring.
Resilience is a necessary component to life, especially when we are faced with challenges. It's my hope that this year brings us all a more gentle business climate - one that will help strengthen our industry. On this May Day 2012, the little Dogwood tree is a reminder of all things possible.