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

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simple Enough

Birthdays are an annual reminder of just how we've done, how we're doing, and a bench mark that we can use to determine how we'll do down the road.

If you're not celebrating a birthday this year chances are you aren't doing well at all. If you are, then you may, just for an instant, scan the past year to determine if you are where you thought you would be twelve months ago.  Most of us aren't where we saw ourselves, so we do a quick little shake of our heads,  and move on to finish loading the dishwasher, or buttoning our shirt.

Then of course, if we are breathing, loved by another, able to pay cash for a clam plate, and have something worthwhile to do each day, we are in better shape than most.

I'm in better shape than most on this birthday, and I am very thankful to be able to look back over each year to see things in the rearview mirror. Just being able to do that, no matter how things have gone, puts me far ahead of those that changed their address to Forest Lawn.

So, today I am running the year in review through my head, and making mental notes in the margin of the script for the upcoming year.  Nothing major, but little things that can cause major things to happen.

  • Breathe.
  • Love.
  • Laugh.
  • Repeat.

Simple enough.

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday, Wally!
    (Don't forget to eat and sleep once in awhile, too.)


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