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Letters From Leton: Have You Any Wool?

As a parent or grandparent, one of the most fun things we do is revisit our childhood with the young members of our family. Often this includes reading and sharing your favorite storybooks or nursery rhymes. One particular rhyme struck me one week as I drove to work. It was the one about Baa Baa Black sheep. “Have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full“.

What kicked off the journey down memory lane?

I passed a homeless person in Wise carrying a large duffel bag walking on a wet street. I noticed as I passed that he has his whole life on his back and that he was wearing a winter coat protecting him from the rain. I pondered what he had in that large duffel bag.

Then I thought, if I only had one bag for the most important things in my life, what would go in the bag? Pictures of my family? Soap? Clean underwear? Something to eat? How much would fit in one bag that meant the most to me yet took care of my daily needs?

Sometimes the so-called busyness and grind of our daily lives takes a bit of a mental toll on us. Understandable, as lots of things are going on in our lives. But what would matter if we had to boil our lives down to the clothes on our backs and the things in our bags?

Perhaps our life isn’t so hard or bad after all.

Have a great week.
– Leton

“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.