I often have posts about community, home and ‘issues’ that aren’t strictly food or farm, but are an influence for many of us. We all see the major headlines, and we’re all just a few actions away from being the next one. Yesterday a young lady, who I will not name here for reasons of safety, made a post on Facebook yesterday:
It’s really sad how your terrified to be at school because people bring guns to your school and threatens to shoot everyone but they won’t let you leave school and go home where you can be safe with your family. This is the second lock down we have had today and I’m just ready to get home to be with my mom and dad where I know I’m safe.
Would it have been carried out without intervention? The incident could have had a much different outcome. Hopefully it’s dealt with and won’t go further.
we set to youth is huge, and while many think it’s positive, it’s always good to check regularly. If you tell kids to be honest and they see you cheat your employer it’s a lesson beyond words. We all are part of a community
– of neighbors, of those we pass daily, of the stores we frequent and, yes, those people we just don’t like very much but they’re in the community
too. Some, perhaps, we don’t like at all – how is that dealt with?
You can tell a lot about someone how they handle life issues – tangled Christmas lights, ornery critters, travel delays. I can watch someone work with their horse and get more than a 3 hour conversation in some cases. Some folks take time to salvage as much as they can, while others toss it completely. Most folks are in between those points.
The possibility of being a news headline is no longer just for cities. With the Marysville school shooting in a county I spent a decade in, it is not just about somewhere else. With a lockdown six miles from home, it’s possible anywhere. When it involves a neighbor, a family member or a friend it can be anyone.
When it happens, and you’re ground zero of the next big headline, that community
and those people you have built around you now are what you can count on. That’s what community is. Those who are divisive, who thrive on discord can then hope for compassion and that they don’t get what they deserve. Of course that can be seen as weakness, but sometimes it’s not for them, but for us, that we act.
As the Christmas season is in motion, may we truly keep the spirit year round. It’s not just at Christmas, it’s every day that we should build community
. Say a kind word, do a small action, do something that can’t be repaid, make a difference for someone. It doesn’t take huge gestures.
Sometimes it takes standing up and saying “I saw something that needs action”. Law enforcement can’t be everywhere…cleaning up communities means everyone taking part. Don’t wait until you’re Ground Zero. If you build community it can keep that headline from happening, or prepare for when it is.
Community matters. Our homes, farms, businesses
matter. Our schools, emergency responders and support teams matter. Like a garden they need tended to, watered, nourished, weeded and maintained. That takes all of us.