No matter where we live in Montana, there remains the common theme that we love our communities, and also the people who live there with us. And it is those people that we support in their successes and also rely on in hard times. Coming together is something that communities do again and again to become stronger. In the past year, I have watched my own community in Lewistown struggle with devastating fires, loss of dearly loved family and friends, and the hardships that come with life. Yet we continue to strive in our ability to give back, regroup, and lift up those who need it most. Being involved is the creation of a finely woven fabric – so many threads come together and create something stronger and better.
Now, more than ever, is the time to live our passions. If you feel strongly about a cause, organization, or area of your life, it is so important to get involved and use your passion towards making positive change, creating community, or making life a little easier for someone else. I encourage you to join a committee, apply for a board, or run for an elected office. There are also so many ways to volunteer, even just a few hours a month, to create togetherness and a sense of belonging. Bettering our communities happens when people collaborate for the common good. Being part of the change you seek means that you become invested in the success that all of you will rejoice in.
We are all busy. Life continues to roll on no matter how many times we check off the tasks on our to do lists. Yet there is also that inherent part of us that wants to help, that wants to create, or has empathy for those around us. And we all have skills that are an asset to those areas in our communities that need them – from organizing and cooking meals for firefighters, to handling the financials for a fundraiser, or taking minutes at a board meeting – each of us brings a unique ability and perspective. Getting involved in an area you love or are even interested in and want to learn about, is a way to further our humanity and ultimately make the world a better place. It may seem like a small thing, but overall, the contributions you make can move mountains.
As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” These words still ring true and are so important to live every day. Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement – so let your heart be your guide and get involved today.
Author: KellyAnne Terry