Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Promise

When a farmer buys a cow he doesn't necessarily buy it for its looks. A farmer will buy a cow for what it can do for him. Same with chickens.

If farmers bought livestock based on their looks we'd most likely have a bunch of great looking hens, that did squat in the egg laying department, and we'd have $10.00 Egg McMuffins.

Same theory holds true when choosing a president. We can choose a president based on what the candidate has done in the past, their character, their experience, and knowledge, but those traits will not guarantee a worthy performance. In fact, nothing does.

So how do we choose? Well, that is up to us individually, but the one thing that should be a major factor is which candidate has the promise to perform as we would like, and expect.

That is the main deciding factor, promise.

A wonderful past history is only part of the person. Winning three Super Bowls does not guarantee a fourth win. Coming in last place sure doesn't mean it will happen again. Just Ask the fans in Tampa about that.

It's all about promise. Not a "I promise to do this, or that", but the promise to perform in best possible way, no matter the situation, or crisis, for all of us.

Once one determines who that candidate is in their own mind, then they can feel comfortable choosing that candidate. Even if that candidate is not of their party, or younger than one would normally consider, or older. As long as one feels that there is promise in ones choice, then that should be all that matters.

We are all familiar with where a particular party stands in response to crisis, the economy, taxes, and spending, but it is the individual that is the candidate that will be performing in the spotlight, not the party.

It is the night before the Presidential election, and I am still weighing the candidates. I am searching for the one that shows the most promise. One will eek out the other when my final decision is made. It is that close.

The candidates may have been working 20 hour days for 18 months, and are understandably tired from their campaign, but our job tomorrow, is the most important one of all. Those ten minutes we take from our schedule to vote is the one action that far out weighs anything the candidates have done, or said. It is the final choice, and it is all dependant on not who has the most ads, money, history, celebrities, or best running mate. The choice is all about promise.

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