As we age, it is common for things that were once a new experience to us to become “second nature” with the passage of time. This is a good thing when it relates to becoming familiar with our …
As we age, it is common for things that were once a new experience to us to become “second nature” with the passage of time.
This is a good thing when it relates to becoming familiar with our surroundings and how best to provide for oneself, family and friends. This process may not be so good when we forget to slow down and appreciate the sheer number of things each day that we may take for granted.
If you doubt this concept, just try to stop and hold your breath while reading this entire column. In doing so you will quickly realize the importance of each breath is to the continuation of life and hopefully how we take even one of the most essential of life’s processes for granted.
We humans try to find a common theme, pattern and/or ability to manage what we experience with our senses each and every day. We then place that event or item in context for a future use during an event yet to be experienced. But with this new year may we also stop and just appreciate daily life, as we prepare to live daily and plan for our future in 2018.
As we all prepare for this time of renewal and planning, may we also remember three ideas such as: to be thankful, to be considerate and to be helpful.
In order to prepare for the new days that we all hope to enjoy, it is also important to remember our blessings and to be thankful for each day. This helps to ensure that we step back and really evaluate our current state in life. This helps to keep us “grounded” in the fact that, as much as we may strive, plan, work and plan, we are still dependent on the true gift of each heartbeat and breath in order to not only work and prosper, but to also truly enjoy the fruits of our labors.
We have all met many different types of people as we travel along life’s journey: Some that we hope to emulate and some that we hope to never resemble.
I was once taught to remember that each person that we meet while climbing the ladder of success is also someone we may meet when we are descending, so it pays to treat everyone with respect and kindness.
And if time has taught me anything, it is that we all have troubles that we are dealing with daily so remembering this has helped me to temper my words and actions at times and to remember that we all need a little help now and then. This is difficult for some of us to ask for, but I have witnessed many in our community who — once they see a problem, concern or need — they personally act to help meet that need without drawing attention to themselves in the process. This is one aspect of the many within Bradley County that has not diminished with our record growth over the past decade.
May we all continue these processes this week as we plan for the future, and if we are given more time here on earth, may we always continue to do our part to improve Bradley County by working together. In doing so we not only help to guarantee a wonderful new year individually, but we help to ensure that Bradley County continues to remain Tennessee at its best.
I appreciate the honor of serving as your county mayor and, along with my wife Sonya and our entire family, we wish you the happiest of New Years!
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