While I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, I also realize that it has been an extremely tough year not only for our valued contractors, but for all of our local businesses. So many of our community families had the American dream, only to see that dream slip away. Our dream has become a throwaway house, a short sale, a closed business, loss of jobs. Let's start to dream again, but this time, with more humility and a sense of purpose. It is important to start the dream again with a foundation of quality and not quantity.
It is hard to believe that 2013 is upon our doorstep already. 2012 has been a roller coaster experience for many in our community and the economy has impacted everyone - some more than others - and the impact is not just financial. Our attitudes, emotions, plans and mindsets have all been affected, and the stress and anxiety levels have been increased.
I would like to ask that each and every one of us start to work together to build and construct our community with keen awareness of all that building involves. I am not referring to building as in "bricks and sticks." I am referring to building in the sense of caring, talking, understanding, shaping and fostering. Building takes much thought, energy, care and ideas; however, the investment is worthwhile. A well-built and constructed community should serve the citizens for many generations. And to actively participate in building helps strengthen and deepen relationships and the community. This is a time for collaboration between our governments and citizens to construct well-built communities that we can call home.
Let's all look to the future. Life brings changes, and we must all develop and encourage a life of gratitude. We are all partners in our community and our circumstances may never change, but our attitudes toward growth and development can change, and this can make all of the difference.
Let's all work toward dismissing suspicion and replacing it with trust. Let's forgo a grudge. Let's try to understand. Let's appreciate. Let's be kind. Let's decry complacency. With this we will be able to build and construct a "home" we are all proud of.
Christmas never fails to bring to mind the divine words "Peace on earth and good will toward men." I, along with the entire YCCA board of directors and our members, offer to you sincere wishes for a most enjoyable holiday. May the year ahead bring you deep satisfaction and happiness, and let's all remember to dream.
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