This amazing little town that I adore so much has gone through a lot lately. While I understand that frustrations have run high over the past few months, we should see this as a lesson learned and head in a positive direction.
What might that lesson be? Simply put, we need more people to “show up”.
- Show up to city council and planning commission meetings and become educate on what is going on in our community. There is no way to truly know what the issues are if we do not listen to the discussion.
- Show up and voice your concerns and constructive criticism. We might not always support the decisions made by our local elected officials, but they have no way knowing unless we show up and let them know.
- Show up and see how difficult it is to represent your community. Serving your community can be quite rewarding, but it can also be demanding, frustrating and in watching how some citizens have treated our government officials lately, it can also be insulting. We need to remember this is a small community and we are all neighbors.
- Show up and bring something to the table. We need to leave the accusations and finger pointing behind and bring some ideas to the table. In order for something positive to happen, we need to bring forward some positive solutions.
While I am disappointed in the results of the election, I am hopeful that at least we may have sparked interest in some residents to get involved in our community.
For those of you who have taken the time to get involved as an interested citizen, as a home rule charter commission candidate, a community board member, a planning commissioner or city council member, I thank you and applaud you for stepping up to the challenge.
I want to close with some words from Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Each one of us has the opportunity to help improve our current situation. Whether we choose to rise up to the challenge or sit on the sidelines and complain is completely up to us.