Friends, citizens, countrymen; lend me your thoughts for a moment.
We have so very much to be thankful for, but let us not forget there are those among us who are alone and afraid. There are many who are sick and afflicted whose burdens we could lighten if we only knew.
To make a load lighter, one doesn’t necessarily have to remove it entirely. Sometimes it just involves sharing it a little bit. We can listen, have patience, empathize and strategize. We can remember when we have needed advice and help. If, by chance, you’ve forgotten those times or foolishly think that you no longer need others to listen to worries and concerns, I would advise you to watch out! Real life will soon teach you a hard lesson. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Studying the Old Testament has enlightened me to the importance of remembering. It is the consistent theme and the challenge of the holy book. Remember promises made. Remember those who have gone before. Remember those who will follow. Be worthy to be prompted. Listen carefully, because some messages are not shouted, but whispered.
Now, please don’t assume that I believe I have it all figured out. I don’t! Just when I think I do, life teaches me a new, painful lesson. I’m only confident in saying that we must press on, do our best, and help anyone we can along the way. While this is not a “fix-all”, I do believe it moves us in the right direction.
It has helped me to write down my thoughts and commit to do better. Hopefully you will expand on this idea and write down your own thoughts. After all, a goal not written is only a wish.
Mayor David Ogden