History is a curious thing. We often look back on history as a series of events. Looking closer it becomes clearer that it is, in many cases, the decisions that created the events, or the manner in which we responded to these events, that dictated the course of history.
In our lives we are travelling through the history that future generations will inherit.
We are now at an historic moment in our lives.
Our decisions and responses to the events that have occurred will write the script for how we live for the foreseeable future.
It may be time to step out of the confusion for a while and look to a vision of the future that we will be proud to pass on to our children.
For many of us, and many who are just arriving here now, this beautiful place and our vibrant and diverse community is the place we have always wanted to find.
Some like myself have travelled the world and found nowhere else that compares.
We often call it paradise with good reason.
The question is, do we love our beautiful place on Earth and our unique community more than the things that divide us?
Looking back on our recent history, regardless of the differences between us, this has not been an unhealthy or unhappy place. Quite the opposite, even with the current challenges, it continues to be a healthy, vibrant and beautiful place to live. So much so that newcomers are willing to pay a fortune for the lifestyle that we may be taking for granted.
Creating the vision for our future is our task.
Do we allow bitterness and division to become our legacy?
Or do we rebuild relationships, heal our community and give our children a future worthy of their own aspirations?
We can create a tolerant, friendly and safe community for all of us. Once the decision is made – the reality will take shape.
This is in our own hands – no one else can do it for us.
We can treasure and nurture our unique way of life, let it grow and be passed on to the next generations; ours is a community that believes that the love we share is greater than the differences we perceive.