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
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Harness The Passion
Hot buttons can be a key that unlocks our emotions. Whether it be sidewalks, or intersections, or the laundry list of other topics that have caused recluses not heard from for years to venture out of their Lazy Boys, and onto the internet to vent their opinions, these emotional issues have stirred a passion for doing the right thing.
Some times when a person is passionate for change, and just "ain't gonna take it anymore", they will run for office, hopefully win , and finally be in the position to evoke that positive change we all seek.
Tom Creamer took this route.
I think there are many, many more here in town that would like that same opportunity. Maybe not to run for office, but to stand up, voice their opinion, and be heard beyond the comment section of a local blog, or local newspaper. There are enough out there that think similarly that if organized, their small passionate voices would become so much louder, and impossible not to hear, and acknowledge.
It is worth a shot. Those interested in sharing common local passions, and ideas should meet each other in person over a cup of coffee. Exchange their ideas, maybe meet regularly enough to put their hodge podge collection of wishes, dreams, and thoughts into some order, and once done, then begin to speak out with a stronger, collective voice.
Organizing works. If enough people out there organized their passions they would be heard, and become strong enough to cause the changes they would like to see.
Just a thought.
Passion burns brightest when shared.