You can either look ahead optimistically – or pesimistically. The choice is entirely up to you. Doom and gloom has never appealed to me nor seemed to benefit anyone, so it’s not an option here.
People around the province seem full of worry about what the next 12 months will bring for them. We can ask what it will bring to our communities, but we already know that what happens, happens.
Our communities have been through good and bad. And good and bad. It’s a never ending cycle. We put one foot in front of the other and keep our focus on what’s most important to us, whether that is our families, our jobs, our friends, or our farms, and we find fun and laughter wherever we can.
(For those of you who missed the Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 23, you missed a lot of laughter – thanks Maria!)
And in that way, we not only make it through the day, the week, the year… but we enjoy all the blessings we’re given at the same time. Counting all the things you’re thankful for is a sure cure for those black moods when we think that nothing is going right.
The industry around us continues to be strong, the landfill is far from death’s door, businesses close but new businesses open their doors, and we are all thankful that we live in such lively and lovely little communities.
What better way of stepping through the door and into 2012 than by being grateful for what we have, rather than bitter about what we don’t have.
Wendy Coomber is editor of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal