OUR COUNTY

With autumn’s arrival comes opportunity

Commentary

D. Gary Davis Bradley County Mayor
Posted 10/3/17

October is the 10th month and the beginning of the season called fall, or autumn.

It is a time of harvest for those in agriculture and a time of contemplation for those who are beginning to …

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OUR COUNTY

With autumn’s arrival comes opportunity

Commentary

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October is the 10th month and the beginning of the season called fall, or autumn.

It is a time of harvest for those in agriculture and a time of contemplation for those who are beginning to develop a plan for next year. It is a time of cooler temperatures and fewer daylight hours.

All of this is the subject of many discussions at the dinner table, not only across America but the community.

The vast splendor of our local region’s natural resources come alive with color as each tree begins the annual loss of leaves and time of restoration for the next year’s spring. Few places on the planet can even begin to compare with our mountains and with the palate of colors that will soon be visible in our trees. We are truly blessed with a distinct and equally beautiful seasonal change four times each year.

The ability to discuss things like our beautiful natural surroundings and the good across our community is sometimes lost when we listen to those who see a problem with every solution, and a way to divide when many want to bring a community together.

I am not naive enough to believe that we all will never have a disagreement, but I do know that adults can, do and have had disagreements without becoming disagreeable.

We all can tell stories of the child who does not get their way and then tries to make everyone miserable in the process. It is up to every one of us to take the time to listen, and then make an informed decision. We all have been given the ability to reason and develop an opinion. The 24-hour news cycle will try its best to spin events of every situation to fit a certain narrative. It is up to us to make a rational decision without fear of retribution from those with often widely diverging perspectives.

We have all heard the phrase “A house divided against itself will not stand.” I feel this is true.

This week may we all just take the time to get outside; to look around and take an inventory of our lives and of the blessings that we have all been given.

As you are reading this, you are exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide in a process known as breathing. You are circulating blood throughout your body by the contracture of cardiac muscles. You are using the strength obtained by the nutritious (or maybe not so nutritious) meals that you have eaten. And you have the ability to decipher the symbols on this page into words, and then understand the thoughts that are conveyed therein.

You may also think that this is a foolish remark, but please understand friend, there are many who did not get this gift today and would gladly do anything to be able to just achieve one of the blessings listed above.

Thank you Bradley County citizens, residents and tourists for seeking ways to work together to help each other and to exemplify the best of Southern hospitality.

May we never lose sight of the fact that we are all truly in this together and may we always seek to build up and to not tear down. When we practice this idea each and every day we begin to take an inventory of our lives and we realize that what we sow, we also reap. A good crop or an overgrowth of weeds are both possible with the same amount of work. We just have to decide how to spend our time allotted on this earth.

Thank you for keeping Bradley County, Tennessee at its best!

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