With all of the rain we’ve been experiencing this year, I’ve thought a lot about boats awash in a sea of waves splashing with truth, facts, misinformation, opinions and other stuff. I remembered a favorite quote of mine from Oliver Wendell Holmes about how to possibly deal with it all:
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port [of heaven], we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it — but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
In my opinion, instead of indulging in the game of gossip and/or “he said, she said,” a lot of people can get informed better by going to actual sources, by reading actual facts and details necessary for good decisions. Rather than demand something not be done because of some other needs which must be addressed, citizens can get in their own boat of action to get solutions for what they see as needs here in the county. Hal Hunter is an excellent example of getting in a boat to sail against the wind of need when he founded a group of volunteers to help caregivers get a break to maybe do some shopping or maybe even just get a nap. Hal got in another boat of action and organized the “Plant A Row” to get more fresh produce for our Food Pantry.
So when you hear someone commenting negatively, talk with them, listen to their concerns, ask them how they can work together with others to create positive solutions for the needs in our county. I can easily visualize a flotilla of ships sailing, not lying at anchor . . . and if the waters dry up, I can see the occupants of said boats adapting to change and figuring out other ways to proceed forward, as residents here have done for years as various industries have disappeared, diminished or needed adaptations to survive and thrive.