Throw a stone through the waters to create many ripples

As November 2021 fades into memory, have you taken the time to be thankful?

No problem if you haven’t. Every day is a good time to think about things for which we should be grateful.

As always, a few thoughts on my recent adventures as mayor of America’s Best Small Town before I finish this reflection.

Small Business Saturday was launched in 2010 to encourage everyone to remember small businesses when doing their holiday shopping. This year, like every year, I hope you remember your mom-and-pop stores not just one Saturday a year, but every day of the year.

Statistics show that $ 68 out of $ 100 spent at a local business stays in the local community, compared to $ 43 out of $ 100 spent at a chain store. That $ 68 remains in the form of donations, salaries, taxes, local supplies and local services.

It’s not that chain stores don’t do a lot of the same purchases. They just tend to make a lot of them outside of your local community. Another statistic that I found interesting before moving on is that 99.7% of all American employers are small businesses.

Recently, the highway committee met to work out the final elements of what it wanted to see in an ordinance for side-by-side vehicles on public roads. Watching the process in action is always a pleasure for me, as thoughts and opinions come together to form a final image which will be presented to city council for a vote in December.

This went on for several months and while I’m not sure whether it will pass or not, I’m sure the committee members have worked hard to research and prepare this document for all seven council members to vote on.

On a cool Wednesday morning, I had the good fortune to work with Bruce from the Department of Public Works. We’ve spent some time picking up the yard waste that will be composted and hopefully be back in a flower bed near you when the time comes.

Some of the things I have noticed are that while plastic bags make big cleanups easier, many people can keep their yard in good shape with a 30 gallon container and a regular schedule. This 30 gallon container also makes it easier for the yard waste crew to go out and pick up clippings, leaves, old plants, or any other organic material you are cleaning from your yard.

Thank you, Bruce, for the fun morning, and residents, thank you for keeping our community beautiful, one meter at a time.

Every day I try to be thankful for what I have and all the amazing things I can see firsthand here in our community.

Today, however, I want to say thank you to all of you who put more positive energy than negative energy into the world, those who choose to see this glass half full and are thankful that it is.

Energy is contagious, and this fact does not distinguish between positive energy or negative energy. I see those who regularly promote Seymour and try to help others see what an amazing place we call home. Those who don’t realize it might not yet, but they are a gift to someone, to our community and to the world with the simplest of gestures like a smile or a word of encouragement.

Today I leave you with a double photo of quotes from Mother Teresa, and I hope you realize the greatness that you already carry within you.

“Every time you smile at someone, it’s an act of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can throw a stone through the waters to create many ripples. ”

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