On the Eve of Independence Day

This will be a short post tonight, but contains some thoughts I feel the need to express:

On the eve of July 4th, as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, remember that it’s very easy to say, “They should do this,” or “They should do that.” Human nature tends to make us amplify the negatives, and forget about the positives. The prevalence of social media makes this even easier to do these days, to a wider audience.

If you take pride in your community, consider volunteering. We have many civic organizations and public committees doing great things in our area.

If you have a legitimate problem with something you do not feel is being addressed, consider writing an email, or attending a local city council meeting. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Change starts at the local level. Get involved!

If you think your city is lacking a certain type of business, think about productive ways this could be addressed…maybe even open such a business yourself as a small startup, even if it’s just a part time “side gig”.

We have a great city, a great state, and a great country, but positive change only happens when people are willing to stand up, speak out, and roll up their sleeves to get the work done.

Our forefathers gave us a gift. Let’s not let it go to waste by tearing others down. Let’s work together to make our local communities the best they can be. Sometimes that means doing more than complaining on social media.

I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July!