It has been said, “may you live in interesting times.” I, for one, would take a little less interesting for the next few months! The world seems to be spinning a little out of control - from a never-ending global pandemic to a supply chain meltdown to fractured politics virtually everywhere. I hope we can all take a deep breath and relax for just a moment.

I have had the opportunity to travel in Guatemala for the last six weeks. The Guatemalans are not immune to all this craziness. Unfortunately, the pandemic has decimated the tourist business and it is still evidenced by most of the population wearing masks in public areas. What is missing is the anger and divisiveness associated with the pandemic so prevalent in the United States.

I have had many discussions with ex-pats and Guatemalans alike. The global ex-pat community (which is hardly a representative sample!) has a strong libertarian streak that says, “do what you want, just don’t tell me what to do.” The Guatemalans generally go with the flow but desire the opportunity to get the vaccine. I hope they are given the opportunity as soon as possible.

Living with such a diverse group of people reminds me how minor our differences are. It also is a stark reminder of the material blessings we have living in the United States. I hope we never take them for granted and will refocus our vast resources to helping one another in these interesting times.

I have two items to call to your attention:

1) We are kicking off a new relationship with the Private Director’s Association so you will want to check out the below announcement and

2) We are in full swing with the Oral History Project. You may have received an email or postcard mailer for more Frequently asked questions go to https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6841706170051293184

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Kirk Hancock