On the craft show circuit in New England the summer of 2013 has definitely been a season of extremes and we have had more than our fair share of heat and rain! Doing business outside under these conditions has been challenging, including dealing with all the talk about the weather. So at the risk of sounding a little sanctimonious I offer a simple observation. We all fall somewhere on the optimism-pessimism continuum on how we face what nature delivers us each day. When it is approaching 100 degrees, for example, it is a pleasure to see some people put aside an obsession with the negative aspects of the weather a bit and take on a more positive and optimistic attitude. So it was a pleasure at the Yarmouth Clam Festival a few weeks ago to see some great examples of this positive spirit in action. Four sweaty guys strolling by my booth smiling and singing barbershop, high schoolers marching in the parade, and bikers racing on as scheduled.... all in 95-100 degree temperatures. While we can't control natures events we can control how we react to them.
And today, as the United Maine Craftsmen show in Cumberland, ME was closed early due to severe rain and wind some folks went out with a smile, keeping the faith that the sun will come out tomorrow! They will be back I'm sure.
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