The Bridge to a Hopeful 2019
Columbia Valentine Scot
Life is all about choices. Some give us an instant answer, leading to immediate gratification, while others plant seeds. There are those we intentionally plant, and others reveal themselves later, that perhaps were put in our path by something we saw in passing, or heard and thought nothing at the time, only to remember later how significant those instances were.
I believe that most people want to do the right thing. They want to put others first, make someone smile rather than cry, to make what they’re doing cause a positive difference in the world. Basically, spread goodwill and not fear.
However, sometimes people are in it for themselves, sometimes it’s obvious at other times not so much. People who have the “gift of gab,” as my grandma would say, have the choice to use it to share their knowledge to help others, or sweet talk you into using your money to make them rich; choices.
When an Architect builds a bridge there are a lot of factors that play into it, major factors that must be thought of before the design even begins: Wind, how strong to prevent swaying and cause accidents? Heat: how hot before it will expand the road and how wide will it get? Traffic: How much weight can it hold daily? These are just basic questions asked whether the bridge is big or small.
I believe at the end of each year we as individuals assess and reflect on our bridges. First, as the “I” and “me,” and then as the “we” and “us,” because everyone of us, are each of those., and play a key part in the outcome of all the years to come.
As a single person we are neighbors, friends, bosses, and family, as a “We”, society, cultures, women, men, democrats, republicans, independents, you get the point.
In turn, it’s all of us evaluating the country, financially, spiritually, globally and as humanitarians.
I believe its most people’s goal to leave that bridge to come in the year ahead, a little better then the year behind, I think we all prefer to annually have minor repairs, then complete over-hauls and tare downs.
If each one of us as an “I” tries to keep their bridge up to date, then the “We” already accomplishes that as well; why? Because “I” and “We” are one and the same. That’s the reason one person can truly make a difference.
If we all look forward to 2019 wanting to improve ourselves as people by putting others first, listening, learning to compromise, doing things just because we can, not wanting anything in return. The example we are setting for our children, the worlds future, is one of hope.
If someone at a cash register is unpleasant, we don’t know why, so we should treat them with cheerfulness and a smile, and one day they might just smile back, because you renewed their hope in people, before you know it, one person at a time, can make for more smiles on the sidewalks.
So, our bridge repairs for the upcoming year, are more maintenance, than a remodel; and the year coming in looks brighter than the one going out.
So, from my home to yours, may God bless your families, hearts, and our beautiful Country. Happy, Healthy New Year