— Brad Paisley
Country music singer
When you think of Brad Paisley, you think of a singer/songwriter who has won several Country Music Association awards through the years with some songs that you may recognize.
He has been vocalist of the year for CMA and many of his songs are laced with humor and pop culture references.
But a comment he apparently made in 2013 has been used by many people, and it seems appropriate as we begin a New Year 2014, in just a few days.
He once said, "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”
I am sure many have heard life referred to as an "open book" or "book of life."
I have often heard Max Morris of His Hands Extended and Worldwide Prayer Partners say, "Today is a blank canvas and you determine the picture that is painted on that canvas today."
Both quotes clearly point to the fact that the year ahead will be what we make it. It will be how we write on the blank pages or how we paint on the blank canvas.
No doubt 2013 has been a good year for Cleveland and Bradley County. As with all cities and counties, we have had our ups and downs. But our community has fared well compared to the devastation experienced by some cities across the country.
The year 2013 will be a chapter in Cleveland history with the long-awaited opening of our new airport. We began the New Year 2013 with the opening of Cleveland Regional Jetport. By year’s end, it has already proven to be an economic boost as it serves as our new front door, opening opportunities for travelers and prospective employers to our great city.
In 2013, we saw the beginning of several road projects such as Exit 20 improvements and connector roads to open up commercial and industrial property south of APD 40. We have seen plans for an improved Georgetown Road from Westlake Drive to Eureka Road. State officials began the process that begins with planning and, of course, land acquisition.
Another great achievement of this year was the rise in tourism. Our tourism has surpassed other communities in the state and our local existing industries have expanded, thus providing even more job opportunities.
The New Year 2014 looks even brighter for “The City With Spirit” on the move to bring greater quality-of-life opportunities.
Our Greenway system continues to expand and as we move into 2014 we are seeing extended walking trails and new restrooms along the way.
Even though we would have liked to have seen our nation’s economy on a better upswing, and we would have liked to have seen the healthcare issues resolved, we here in this community have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to in the coming year. How we write on the pages of our book or paint on our canvas will be determined as the New Year begins to unfold.
Happy New Year, and let’s forge ahead with “Spirited” enthusiasm as we begin writing the chapters in our book and painting the canvas that will affect our future generations.