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
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The background image is not one of my own, although it well could be. I chose it not only for what it offered graphically, but what it offered symbolically. Sunrises can mean so many different things to people, but most often it represents renewal.
It can also symbolize a new begining. Renewal is beginging the same thing again. A rising sun renews itself each day, but it is only by choosing what we do with that new day can there be a new beginning.
A new start. Brand new. Never done before. No "re" anything.
Time for a New Beginning. Time to turn out those that have the "it's all about me" attitude, instead of the it's all about them commitment.
It's time to begin to work on the process of removing those that do not perform the way we want them do. They garnered our votes, and their performance, attitude, and behavior has shown our votes were ill spent.
Those sitting behind the tables at the Town Hall do not rule us, they represent us. We put them there to do just that, and when their behavior is such that it makes us uncomfortable, when their performance is making us poorer, and when their attitude is hurtful to others that have given so much to all of us, then no more renewals; we need to start over.
I am merely a catalyst, and my words in this post today will spawn more words in the comment section, but unless each comment offered is also accompanied by a suggestion for change, for this post, I will not post it. Unless, your comment can offer something substantial in the way of fixing the problems we have seen, and read about here in Sturbridge, I will not bother to post it. It would only be more of the same. Nothing new, and you will have become part of the problem.
So, before you offer yours words of support, or non-support, think, and include what you believe can help us all.
One more thing; include your full name. This is so important, and the time is so critical, that we do not want to play games with nicknames, and anonymous postings. If you have a well thought out plan, or suggestion, or want to take an action to make this town better such as offering up your living room for a meeting with like minded folks, then own your words. Own your actions.
Discontent is obvious, dissatisfaction, as well, but no more whining. Keep in mind, there are those that know you will only keep belly aching, and accepting your fate. Prove them wrong.
The sun is going to rise again, what are you going to do with it?