11/29/2013 6:00:00 AM Ask the contractor: Prescott-area residents have much to be thankful for
Sandy Griffis Yavapai County Contractors Association
This holiday brings to mind different thoughts for all of us. For some of us, it marks the beginning of a holiday season; for others, it is about shopping and parties and get-togethers. And let's not forget the feast, the football, the family, the friends, and our faith.
Thanksgiving is a day to pause and reflect upon the blessings in your life. It is a day to consider just how fortunate you are. Let's face facts: It has been a tough year for many - our friends, our family and strangers.
The building industry still has yet to recover from the Great Recession, hurting many real estate agents, brokers, mortgage companies, contractors, suppliers and more - a significant portion of this very community's population. Gas prices have rolled back and forth like they are determined by the roll of dice, and we continue to be affected day and night by economic uncertainties.
It is during these times that we need to take a breath and examine things in our lives. Determining what we are truly thankful for is vital. We all get caught up in the negative and the stress in our lives and overlook the things that make each of us fortunate in our own ways. Let's start to focus on the positive and give thanks to those things and people that we are the most grateful for.
For instance, I am thankful for many of the special interest groups and citizens with opposing views. Without these groups and people, we would not have the opportunity to bring forth ideas and challenge one another through robust debate and share heartfelt concerns, and together guide growth and preserve Prescott and our surrounding communities for generations to come.
I am thankful for our all of our local governmental leaders, our Chambers of Commerce, and so many other groups that contribute to the growth and health of Prescott and our community neighbors.
I am thankful for our builders and developers, the heartbeat of Prescott, and all of the YCCA members who have a visionary insight that unites business and environmental interests into one goal.
All of these people and companies offer whatever gifts are within their power - hospitality, service, sacrifice, material, donations and time. Generous giving begets real gratitude and gratitude goes hand in hand with joy.
YCCA serves as one of the major building blocks for our community. I am thankful for our top-notch organization that is here to assist citizens when they need to hire a contractor, and offer education and information on how people can protect themselves from unscrupulous contractors. I am thankful for our members who step up when a campaign for the betterment is needed. I am thankful that YCCA is comprised of people and companies that have a great sense of generosity and community pride and sacrifice.
It is not always easy to make good choices; however, by utilizing our local referral networks and organizations, we can help you to make informed decisions, vote responsibly and learn all you can about this fine community we live in. We know that, like other great communities, we must push for a better performance, and we must grow to a new dimension. Our goal at YCCA is to affect positive change within our industry and beyond, and to increase awareness to the public.
We all have a lot to appreciate with regard to where we live, the jobs we have, our family, our health, the sunrise, neighbors, friends, business associates, the beautiful full moon we see rise over our mountains every month without fail, and freedom.
Food is an afterthought this Thanksgiving; we must remember to look forward to life as a feast.
Whatever holidays you observe or traditions you uphold, the end of the year is a time of reflection, coming together and showing gratitude. I give thanks every day for the opportunity to work in such a fine setting and stunning surroundings as Prescott. YCCA loves working with, helping and knowing so many of you.
Warmest wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving.
Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) is a professional association representing licensed, bonded and insured contractors, suppliers, distributors and business entities. Call YCCA for information on hiring a contractor at 778-0040. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.ycca.org.