Front Porch Friday is a note our Strategy Officer, Nick McKinney writes to all of our associates every Friday. Given the events of late, Nick allowed me to write this weeks note and we thought we would share it with our broader community.
Happy Front Porch Friday,
Unfortunately, the world has literally been on our front porch the entire week here in Orlando but for all the wrong reasons. You can't help but feel the flood of emotions rushing through you heart and soul that ultimately leads to a number of questions. What do you say? How should we process? What should we do to help? Why did this happen? These are just a few of the questions that have been bouncing around in my mind.
Honestly, I don't have all the answers and am still personally working through what happened as terror was inflicted on my city and the community I love. While we are all still processing these events, I wanted to share some great thoughts from Paul Ellis that are helpful for us to reflect upon. So please join me in welcoming Paul to the porch this morning.
To my Foundry Family,
I am writing this on the plane after a 3 day trip in New York, ironically the city where the worst terrorist attack on US soil occurred. My thoughts during this time alone are with all of you in Orlando, all of our associates across our company and my City and my family. These 3 days, I have watched the events of our city un-fold from afar and frankly the mix of emotions I am feeling is just difficult to process and I am sure it has been even more difficult in the city. Fear, anger, confusion, grief, the desire for justice, and just why? Why did this happen? Watching the news each night and the media labeling our City as “The scene of the worst mass shooting in American History”, I cringe every time I hear it.
This is a difficult time for sure, but as I have some time to think about all that has occurred I wanted to simply share some thoughts with you:
During dark times, I always find it helpful to slow down and focus on what I know vs. what am I speculating on. My mind goes to the following:
I know many of you have already invested in the events of the past several days, in our pain you have also worked to honor our clients whose assets we are entrusted to protect, thank you for that and how hard you have worked.
I am looking forward to coming home, to a City I was born in, where my children were born and a city that I do love. I believe our city will be greater and perhaps we can become a place where our differences actually make us stronger, where we can love all of our neighbors (sounds like a company we want to build). I hope and pray that a tragedy that was steeped in hate and fear actually produces the opposite, strength and love in way that overwhelms evil. I hope that Foundry can be a part of that.