I spent part of last evening in a meeting with fellow members of the Town Restoration Association of Caddo (TRAC). I am always so happy to spend time with people who have plans and ideas, especially positive ones. They make me think. They restore my weary spirit. And my spirit DOES get weary sometimes when I’m involved in community activities because Caddo seems to be lacking in willing minds and bodies lately. There is much that could be done to enhance and improve our community and too few residents ready or able to help. And I add the “able” part because so many people who ARE willing to work are now in their sixties and seventies and eighties. The younger generation is BUSY, but needs to start working on some community projects while there still IS a community. Just a word of warning- go visit Kenefic, or Cade, or any number of communities that have faded away over time. Kenefic used to have as many big brick buildings and businesses as Caddo!
Community work has been good for me. I’m not by nature a “collaborator”- few of us firstborns are. It is an acquired skill that I’ve been forced to work on over the years and I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten better at letting others present their ideas and do things their way. Working with various groups has shown me that two or four or ten heads can work together and come up with solutions that might confound an individual. When we combine our experiences and skills we are much more effective. A simple idea, but one that is often lost in the scheme of things.
So…just one thought today as we go about our business- be a collaborator and look for ways you can work with others to make your community a better place to live.