What We Owe to Our Communities

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.”

Remember this. Always. We all have talents and strengths and we must use these to benefit our futures.

What we owe to our communities:

1. A positive attitude. Life will not always be easy, and things will happen that test us, but we have to stay positive. We have to find, remember, and protect the beautiful things.

2. Be vocal. Our communities need our voices, our input, our feedback. We are the front lines to...well, everything. We own and work in the businesses. We drive on the roads, send our children to our schools. We need to voice our concerns, and voice our appreciation of the great!

3. Pay taxes. I know this isn't fun, but it's necessary. Our communities need funds; each and every one of us needs to be aware and concerned about our communities finances because it directly affects our lives.

4. Show your support for what matters. If you have an interest in the arts, buy tickets to their shows. If you like athletics, attend local games. Be active with your communities small, locally-owned businesses. Hire local contractors. Get books from your communities' libraries.

5. Work hard. Produce for your community. Be successful and profitable. If you thrive, your community thrives.

6. Remember the spectrum. All ages, all races, all religions, all sexes. Make sure there are support services for all, and if there is not... help create and market them!

7. Help your community grow and evolve. Listen to new ideas and efforts; implement the ones that are well researched and positive for the people. Support your schools and your teachers and your business owners as they grow and evolve.

8. Be open-minded. Allow people to make mistakes. Know that a strong community will bounce back from mistakes, bad storms, and low financial moments. Don't give up.

9. Remember, this is a family. That means we won't always get along. We won't always agree. We'll sometimes need time away. But in the end, we are into this together. We'll come back around.

10. Be kind. Try to be understanding. Try not to judge. Try to listen. Then, try again. We are all coming from different backgrounds, but we are living and working together. Be kind.

Let's show our children what matters most: Love, hard work, family, education and community.


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