Thursday Thoughts - October 19, 2023

Thursday Thoughts - October 19, 2023

That’s what’s been on my mind this week. The importance of having those around us be there when we needed, in good times -- and in those rough moments that we will inevitably go through. It’s an important aspect of the journey of choosing where we want to live, which includes who we have surrounding us in those times of need.

I have been fortunate in life to have lived in many great communities. For the past 20+ years, I have had a connection to St Jean Baptiste – I currently have a home there, it’s where my kids go to school and where I spend much of my time.

There’s good times -- A month ago, we hosted one of the largest ATV derbies in Canada, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the event, and had great attendance.

There’s rough moments -- This past weekend, we all stood and watched in awe and sadness as our local elevator caught fire, and burned to the ground, endangering homes and people living nearby, and affecting an important local business.

What was the same with those two events, was the people that came and supported those that needed help. During the derby, to welcome people to our town, and raise funds for local causes. During the fire, to help those in immediate danger in the middle of the night, and then to support the firefighters and the family that lost a major part of their business with food, a helping hand, or just words of encouragement.

That’s what community is about. That’s what makes the town we live in feel like home. My hope for you is that you feel that same about the community you live in.

In St Jean, the skyline has an empty space now, but the helpful spirit fills that void.
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