We’ve got this. We can do it.
One cannot deny that we live in interesting times. Very interesting times. Too interesting, perhaps. Whether you think in macro terms – global conflict, climate change, leaders of dubious capability – or on more manageable terms, such as whatever lunacy may be going on in your own home, there is certainly a lot to talk about over the dinner table, at the coffee shop or by the proverbial water cooler. As the song the “Circle of Life” from the Disney movie The Lion King, puts it, “There’s far too much to take in here, more to see than can ever be seen.” Even a 24/7 Facebook or Instagram feed can’t keep us up to date on absolutely everything.
Fear not, Uxbridge, help is on the way! As you are (hopefully) well aware, Doug Griffiths, author of “13 Ways to Kill Your Community,” is coming to Uxbridge next week. He will be at Trinity United Church next Wednesday evening to talk to not only the township of Uxbridge, but the townships of Brock and Scugog as well, and anyone else who may be interested about where our communities are headed in these interesting times. The Cosmos has spent a great deal of time with the “13 Ways” book, applying each chapter to Uxbridge, and taking a look at how our town measures up to the faults and follies many rural communities succumb to. If you need to know how Uxbridge fared, take a look at our summary in our May 3 edition. We aren’t doing fabulously well, but as Monty Python quips, “We ain’t dead yet!”
Mr. Griffiths isn’t coming to Uxbridge to give a verbal presentation of his book. He’s coming to explain how we can all take things to the next level, as it were. Interesting times means technology that changes faster than we can keep up. It means global economics are changing and affecting us on a personal level more quickly than ever before. Cultural shifts are constantly occurring, leaving us breathless and unsure about where we stand, both personally and as a community. Doug – yes, we’re on a first name basis, he’s so personable – will offer a knowledgeable look at all these topics, and help us see what these developments will mean for our townships.
We were speaking with one person from Port Perry who will be at Trinity next Wednesday night, and he asked how ticket sales were going. Before we could even answer him, he said “Every person from every single township should be there. EVERYONE.”
We tend to agree. We have a provincial election in less than a month. We have a municipal election in five months. There are a lot of important decisions to be made, and we’d be stupid to think we can stand on the sidelines and watch while others make up our lives for us. If we come together at this town hall-type meeting next Wednesday evening, not only will we get some valuable advice and ideas on how to forge ahead, but we can spend time with one another, bouncing ideas around, talking with and listening to our neighbours, and really get a sense from one another what it is we want from Uxbridge, from one another, and even from ourselves.
Too much time is spent complaining, and too much negativity is generated when that happens. Spend some time with us next Wednesday evening, 7 p.m., at Trinity United Church in Uxbridge. Get motivated and excited about making Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog townships fantastic places to be. Together let’s make these interesting times be the best times.