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We live in a special place. The motto of 'Maine, the way life should be' couldn't reflect better on the ties each of us have not just to our immediate town or city but to our extended Maine family.
Setting aside any personality differences, colors, shapes, sizes, etc, there is a common thread that binds each of us together; our strong sense of community. One stroll down Main Street and you will see what I mean. Just waking up on a Saturday morning just to buy a few items at the farmers market before heading to the Post Office can be an unexpected adventure. It never ceases to amaze me the people you meet along the way. Of course you almost always run into one of your dearest friends or the neighbor you haven't seen in a while.
But it is the stranger that isn't so strange that really brightens up my day. The person who holds the door open even though he or she might be in a hurry. The person who allows me to navigate into the long line of traffic even though they've clearly been waiting awhile. These are the little things that add up.
Do you get recognized for these random acts of kindness? Do you get a standing ovation in a theater or your own Mayoral proclamation? Probably not, but that is why I'm bringing it up now. Just a simple thank you for recognizing your role in something much bigger than any one of us individually. We are one community and it is my hope that it continues to be that way as long as I'm here chasing the American Dream.
In love and light, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Beyond the Headlines
Weekly Column featured in The Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier Newspaper by Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco