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, October 10, 2011

So Simple

Do unto others.  Same principle.  For some of us it may take a lifetime to grasp the simplicity of it, for the others it almost comes naturally, and so much earlier.

Understand that the essence of this is not that you help an older person cross the street today, and receive a tax abatement tomorrow.  No.  It is about attitude.  If your head is in a place to help that person across the street, then you will also probably turn in the car keys you found at the store, pick up your neighbors trash container that rolled into the street, grab some groceries for a sick friend, or allow a driver to pull out of a side street in front of you.

Attitude is the key.  Living a life with an emphasis of being positive, and doing those simple things for others sets the stage for a life in the same vein.  When negative things, or events do occur in your life, and they will, they will be more accepted, and handled in a different way than one who "bitches and moans" about life.


It is like that insurance commercial.  A person sees a toy drop from a stroller, and he stops to pick it up for the child.  The mother is thankful, and when a driver is attempting to pull out of a street the mother signals them to pull out despite the fact she is running late, and so on and so on.  

Attitude is contagious.  Both good and bad attitudes.  Sometime, there will be that moment that someone allows you to go first in line at the market because you only have a few things, and they have a cart full.  Simple, gestures most of the time, but eventually what goes around, does come around.  Believe me, I know.

I try to live life with this principle in mind.  Most of the time I succeed, but of course there have been, and will be in the future, those times when I still want to reach out of my car window and slap someone for just being stupid.

I'm human, not an angel.

When people use another to person in a selfish way, in a way that is self serving, it will eventually end.  The attitude that person has, and took advantage of others with will dictate where their life goes.  In most cases having made their own bed, it won't be a comfortable one.

So, for this Monday morning, take a deep cleansing breath, breath out slowly, and adopt a perspective of doing just a bit more for others, and less for yourself.  Don't expect anything in return, and when events smile on you, just smile back.  One thing is for sure, you will have less anxious moments, frustrating times, and those "the world is against me" feelings.  Your attitude will have insured that.

Now, drink your coffee, Grasshopper, class is done for this morning.

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