- Published: January 1, 2017
I do not have answers. I have a lot of questions. I must leave the reporting of last night’s events to the more experienced journalists of the News. But, in response to what I will refer to as a shaky start to 2017, I have a few things to ask of us all.
First, be well. Let us take good care of ourselves. Check in with each other. Support each other. Positive forces are working in this community to improve our health, economy, and well being. Seek those forces out and pledge yourself to our mutual empowerment.
Second, be active. The next village council meeting is at 7-9pm on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at the John Bryan Community Center. Let us gather peaceably and state clearly what we expect. Let us assert with confidence and vigor the standards that we live here together to uphold.
Third, be hopeful. We have a fine heritage of activism in this village. We have community. With that community, we can accomplish a great deal.
I brought my children to the New Years Eve’s ball drop in the center of our downtown…as I have since my daughter was one years old. I intend to keep doing that for years to come. I’m going to work over the next few months to ensure that intention is honored.
I’ve made the personal decision to not let the last year’s setbacks and, at times, devastating losses set me back on my heels. I’ve taken these events as a sign that my time to stand up and assert myself for our greater good is now. I don’t see how we have the luxury to wait and see what this new year brings. Now is the time to plumb our internal capacity and to make things work for as many of us and as diverse a group as possible. The beauty is we really do have a stunning amount of capacity. Channeling that capacity is our challenge.
I don’t say this lightly. I don’t say this with only a hand waving notion of what can be done. I say this with resolve and purpose. With you, my chosen people, I am ready to plan, make, and unite.