LET EACH NEW YEAR FIND YOU A BETTER PERSON

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let each New Year find you a better person.”  ~Benjamin Franklin

This weekend we will send out the old year and bring in the new one. Bye-bye to 2010 and hello to 2011. Is it just me, or does it seem just yesterday that saying 2000 seemed really weird? Articulating the year without saying ‘nineteen…’ seemed really odd. Now we find ourselves a tenth of the way through this century in what seems to have been the blink of an eye. In many ways this December 31st will see us not just say goodbye to the year 2010 but to the decade as well. As we look back at the first decade and dream of what will be said of us when the history of this century is written, what we are proud of and what might we want to address as a society. We have big global issues to address.

Locally, I cannot help but think of all that has transpired in the past 10 years. I am proud to say that I have experienced a full decade in Tecumseh. And that I have been able to see our growth and development. For instance, when I think about what Manning Road looked like at the end of the last decade when I moved to this area and think of what it looks like today, I am astonished. Also, for most of the decade we heard fussing and fighting about Lakewood Golf Club. Before the decade was done, the town made a couple of purchases to put an end to speculation about development on our green space and giving us open parklands to the lake. While we lost St. Anne’s to Lakeshore, there is a new public school to be built in Tecumseh. The big strike in the city of Windsor gifted us with the Dragon Boat Races – this has become a great event for us host. The removal of the steeple from St. Anne’s Church was a big moment in this past decade. In short – a lot has happened in ten years and it has happened quickly.  Now, what about the next ten years? Where are we going? What plans do we have, as individuals and as a town? How can we heed the advice of good old Benny Franklin? What do we need to do to rid ourselves of poor attitudes and poor behaviours that serve to bring our town down? In the meantime, how can we better live with our fellow residents of Tecumseh? How can we, in Tecumseh, live as better neighbours in the region (Do you hear me Town Council)?  Let’s hope that we can all look at ourselves on day one of 2011 knowing that we are better people for the way we choose to live in our town.  We can make a difference in this next decade. We all will have a part to play.

The Rev’d Kevin George can be reached at fatherkevingeorge@gmail.com