There is so much to appreciate, applaud and admire about our community. Our diversity pushes each of us in different ways to forge a way to create a beautiful society. Not only for us to enjoy, but for other generations to embrace the legacy that we endeavour to leave for them.
A small community like White River finds itself with intimate opportunities to co-exist with people from various walks of life. It could be that someone in a shop or restaurant may have had a tough or fascinating life story; however, access to these stories begins with gestures of recognition of the humanity of others. Such as, carrying a smile wherever you are, genuinely showing affection towards marginalized people and expressing greetings with real emotions.
The moment that we take these gestures seriously will be our arrival at enabling ourselves to become sensitive towards the realities of others; be it privilege, or poverty. Our commonality will be uncompromised by our ability to share gestures of celebrating diversity and enabling civility towards each other as a people, sharing a community.
We ought to never forget the majestic significance of the vast land we all enjoy around us; the mountains, the weather, the people, the human intelligence seen in our ability to sustain and converse our precious nature. Our sense of giving, simplified through organisations that tirelessly help the most vulnerable members of our society in remote areas.
Our ability to serve each other should not be defeated by our difference as a community; we have people travelling early hours of the morning to pursue employment in various sectors of the economy; in turn, we have people who ensure that these working environments are safe, dignified and rewarding. It is of absolute importance that our inter-connectedness as a community is notable.
The moment we are humane as a community; the levels of trust and respect towards each other is present. Our historical inequalities infused with racial hatred, injustices and intolerable public morality has ended and should not be repeated nor alluded to for the wrong reasons. We need to, as a community, fully accept our constitutional democracy founded on the values of equality, human dignity and human rights.
Next time you’re in the shops, going for a walk, stuck in traffic or hanging out in the workplace; remember to be genuine to those around you, show them your smile, share your thoughts and most importantly, enable the greatness in others through sharing your own strength as an active community citizen.