One of the things I believe in about small towns is their ability to be flexible. No one can really hide behind walls or receptionists. More often than not just going to the Post Office is enough to run into the person you've been meaning to talk to.
I recently attended a meeting where I was told my idealism was unrealistic when I asked about cooperative solutions or creative opportunities.
I went home and thought about that. It is hard to hold on to idealism when faced with all the issues in our world both in and beyond this small town.
But what is the alternative? The real question is who do I want to be, idealistic or fatalistic? The world itself may not change nor this town, but is that what is most important?
Who will this town be is the question I've been mulling for over a year now. I will admit, I am more than discouraged. But I also know it is my choice as it is this town when asking who do we want to be - one who gives up or one who continues to believe?
This video and article are about those who believe and what good things are coming their way, not by giving up or shouting no or walking away - but by staying at the table to find creative solutions in cooperative ways.
You can find the full article here.