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What a Rose Parade float’s accident could teach us about gratitude, expectation, and taking misfortune in stride




The Los Angeles Unified School District All City Honor Marching band participates in the 130th Rose Parade Presented By Honda 'The Melody Of Life' on January 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California.
The Los Angeles Unified School District All City Honor Marching band participates in the 130th Rose Parade Presented By Honda 'The Melody Of Life' on January 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California.
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During the 130th Rose Parade last Tuesday, a float by the Chinese American Heritage Foundation unexpectedly caught fire.

The float, called “Harmony Through Union,” commemorated the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Aboard the float were descendants of immigrant laborers who built the railway.

In response to the float’s breakdown, co-founders of the Chinese American Heritage Foundation Wilson and Esther Lee expressed gratitude to everyone who helped quickly extinguish the fire and were thankful that around 50,000 people were able to see their work at all. They said they were not disappointed by the incident, but rather viewed it as a “minor mishap” in the grand scheme of things.

So what do you think about the foundation’s optimistic response? Are you surprised? What’s your reaction? Call us and weigh in at 866-893-5722.