In 1982 I received a letter that, incredibly, bore a seven-year-old postmark. It was sent by my parents in New York and was intended to reach me at college in Colorado. The mailing had apparently taken a wrong turn somewhere near the Rockies, but somehow - through six subsequent changes of address spanning three presidential administrations - it miraculously tracked me down to my then-residence in Tempe, Ariz.Inside was the modest monthly stipend my parents sent me while in school, but the check had been drawn on a bank that had long since been swallowed by a giant competitor. So the letter had basically been reduced to a conversation piece.

Take a moment and think how much has happened to each of you over a seven-year span, either on a personal or a career level. In that sense, seven years can seem like a very long time.

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