Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
There's nothing like it.
We've all witnessed it. Many have been directly blessed by it.
People pulling together, helping one another, toward a common (and good) cause.
Devastating weather, illness, accident, death ... and the trauma they bring. Followed immediately by people Ð friends and strangers alike Ð jump in to help.
Our big-city friends may wonder why anyone would live in such small towns as where we live here. But we see dozens of reasons every single day.
And having a small-town nature is something that's being more and more recognized as a good thing. Regardless of where you live, that small-town spirit makes us hard-working, down-to-earth, and more realistic than our big-city counterparts.
Forget the stigma that being from a small town used to have. Now you can wear that status proudly.
You don't even have to be born in a small town, or live in one, to have that small-town spirit. It's a spirit of enterprise, making the most of whatever you're given. You just work harder and more diligently.
It's also a spirit of cooperation, knowing you have to get along well with your neighbors because everyone is your neighbor, somehow.
While it's easy to get lost in the crowds of big-city life, having a small-town spirit provides you a compass or gyroscope of sorts, to help you navigate through life's ups and downs.
And a small-town spirit doesn't have much use for airs or pretense. What you see is what you get. And what you get is what you want.
So, walk your small-town streets proudly. Come back to your hometown festivals with enthusiasm. Help your neighbors (but you don't need me to remind you!)
Most of all, thank God for small, loving, homey towns!