Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Fort Lauderdale: A Different Story
This past weekend, I went to Fort Lauderdale for a quick "meditation vacation". The trip was truly worth it. I had plenty of time to relax and drop anchor for a second in my life. The one thing that helped me relax was a morning run/walk through the city. The island breeze and the scent of the ocean gave me something I don't normally experience in my daily life. As I would travel through unknown areas, I began to notice the impact the housing market truly had on the South Florida area. Long story short, there is no sign of growth - only survival. I'm not saying it is the next Rust Belt, but it made me appreciate the situation we have here in Nashville.
Nashville traditionally is a conservative town - slow to take on change, and when change does happen, it's done the "Nashville" way. In good economies, the growth is modest, and the same rule applies for bad economies. For a risk-taker such as myself, it makes for a frustrating experience, but my visit to South Florida helped me understand the downside of "riding the wave". Although I would like things to move faster in this town, I have a new appreciation for the caution I've developed as a result of being a product of this strange city.
Oh yes, I concluded from my trip that disappointment and expectation have an positive relationship when you truly analyze it.
Peace and Blessings