We turn on the news and witness what seems like never ending violence and turmoil in this world and an election cycle seemingly centered on belittling the opponent and tearing them apart. Divisiveness permeates our daily discourse. When we distinguish ourselves as different (and better) than others, it does not take much to pit ourselves against one another. If we examine closely enough, we can see that this sense of rightness actually pushes us further away from what we really desire in this life: love, connection and community.
Over the past couple of years, quite a few books have been released about the Greatest Generation. (The Nightingale, A God in Ruins and All the Light We Cannot See just to name a few.) My theory is that our generation seeks guidance from another who survived a depression sandwiched between wars. How did they manage to heal and move forward? My own family’s story serves as inspiration for me. After WWII, my grandfather, Woodrow Wilson Hollingshead, and his brothers opened the Four Brothers Bakery in Dennison, Texas in 1947. The bakery delivered fresh bread and cakes to area grocery stores daily. Woody’s Fine Bread was known to be the best in the area and was served across North Texas.
My grandfather honed his skills as a baker in the Navy during WWII. He rarely spoke about that time but I know he was affected his entire life by it. After the trauma of the war, Woody had a choice. He could become mired in negativity, racism and hatred. After all, there were people and policies all over the world he could detest. Instead, Woody chose to focus on something that brought comfort and warmth to dinner tables across his community. This healed him and brought him belonging and closeness at a time when he needed it most.
If something as seemingly insignificant as a loaf of bread can impact a family’s life, imagine the opportunity at hand with the home. We should resist being defined by our opinions on what is happening around us and allowing that negativity to permeate into our personal interactions and business decisions.
As the Dalai Lama said, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Over the next few months, you will see Smart Title focusing more on our prime purpose than ever before. There will be an emphasis on community, compassion and serving others. We will move closer to becoming more of our true selves through putting the needs of others before our own, volunteering and donating to meaningful causes.
For us, too, change begins at home. We are excited to announce the relocation of our business to Premier Business Park, 256 Seaboard Lane, Suite D101, Franklin, Tennessee 37067. Conveniently located in Cool Springs, our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. We value your business and friendship and please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions. The future remains bright and we remain committed to earning your closing business.