To say this has been a difficult year would be a huge understatement.
The stress of an extended and, for transportation, a disappointing
legislative session, a potential shutdown, the strike and
the ongoing national crisis has all conspired to rob us of
our momentum, our focus and our energy. It would be easy to
feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
I know that many of our co-workers are anxious or angry and
are wondering whether it’s worth it to continue to try as
hard as they have in the past. Some are thinking of retreating
not physically but emotionally, of pulling back from their
fellow employees and their commitment to the important work
we all have to do.
But that would be exactly the wrong response. Now more than
ever we need to pull together. We need to acknowledge how
important it is that we respect and value and support each
other. And we need to remind ourselves that we are involved
in a job worth doing within an organization that has a proud
tradition of rising to every challenge.
With the events of the last month, both locally and nationally,
I have heard a lot of people wondering what they can do, how
they can help and feeling at a loss as to how to respond to
the new issues we face. But that shouldn’t be a problem for
any of us at Mn/DOT. We know how to help. We know how to respond.
We can do something productive by doing our job. We’re making
a difference everyday. By building and maintaining a strong
transportation system, we’re making a vital contribution to
a strong country and a strong state. The quality of our future
and the opportunities it holds is directly related to the
quality each one of us brings to our work today.
We’re still Moving Minnesota. That’s our job and we do it
better than anyone else. We need to focus on that mission
now more than ever and as we do that we need to remind ourselves
everyday that we can only really succeed together.
Thank you for your partnership and your commitment in moving
us proudly and positively through this challenging time.
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