Saturday, September 12, 2009

Day 22: Poise

Poise and balance are best recognized when lost. Can we create balanced communities? Maybe not all people in the community will be balanced, but the social services and community-wide activities can be well-designed (or not). People can be better encouraged to be considerate and friendly with each other. This sounds simple, but when a community is marketed and positioned and recognized as being a desirable place to live, property values rise, the tax base improves, and thus even better services become possible. We can each do small things to make the community better: pickup a few bits of trash, heartily greet neighbors and other community members, purchase locally-produced products and services that then recirculate funds through the locality. Positive community spirit can start with the poise and energy and welcoming spirit of even one individual.

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