President’s Message

Ted Gerber, President / CEO

Lately I’ve noticed that all kinds of little things have been bothering me.  In the span of 24 hours I found myself yelling at mosquitoes on my morning walk, arguing with the television screen during a political ad, and gesturing wildly at a fellow driver whose only transgression was to go the speed limit (I tend to exceed that limit).  None of these things were big enough to get upset about, let alone affect my day.  After a couple of deep breaths it became obvious that the issue lay with myself.  Bottom line is, I just needed to relax.

“Patience is a virtue” goes the old saying, and truer words have never been spoken.  Unfortunately, it is also something that is in short supply these days.  Everyone is in a hurry.  “Next day delivery!  24 hour service!  Real-time alerts!”  While technology has allowed us to purchase goods and services faster than ever, I think it erodes the tolerance we have for everyday annoyances, and especially each other.  And there has never been a time where we have as many outlets to share our frustrations then we do now.  Everyone is one click away from airing our frustrations on social media or via an online review.  None of us are perfect, but it sure seems like we expect perfection from everything (and everyone) else around us.

In general, I think we all need to have a little more patience.  Before we get upset about something, try to see it from another perspective.  Remember that a mistake is just a mistake – usually it’s not personal.  And most of all, take a look in the mirror.  Ask yourself, “Is it me?  Did I contribute to this problem?” before lashing out at someone else.  Certainly I need to heed my own advice, and I’m making it a priority to have more patience going forward.  I’m sure all of the insects and drivers in Burnett County will appreciate it.

~Ted Gerber
Community Bank President / CEO


 

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