Remember the “Good Old Days?” Where have they gone? What exactly do we miss about them? Is it the five cent chocolate bars you and your friends purchased? Is it walking alongside your siblings to school, uphill both ways? Is it driving the big gas guzzling Buick with no seatbelts, and six children in the back seat? Is it the need to remember your friend’s telephone number so you could call them on the rotary phone, and they had to take the time to get up and go to the wall to answer it? Is it Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house, fresh roasted chicken that was raised and butchered right on the farm? Or is it the great bonding experience of washing the dishes by hand each night after dinner? Is it the stuff we miss? Is it the simpler life? Is it the connection we had with family, friends and community?
I think we long for the “Good Old Days” because we miss the sense of belonging. As human beings we long for connection and belonging. Connection is defined as the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment. People’s needs are the same today as yesterday even the same as in the “Good Old Days.” It may well be that we had a better sense of belonging fifty years ago and the life style was more conducive to having meaningful connections to people. However I do not want to give up all the conveniences of modern life. So maybe we need to sit on the front porch with family, go for a walk with a friend, stop at the community park or shop local in order to see and be seen. Maybe we need to be more attentive and listen in order to hear and be heard. Maybe we need to take the time and be more appreciative of those around us in order to value them and be valued ourselves.
My desire for the residents of East Zorra-Tavistock is that each one of us have a strong sense of belonging and connection with our local community. There are many activities throughout the summer for us to come together and experience the “Good Old Days” with all our modern amenities. Remember that belonging is one of those things you “give to get” so let’s get giving! Thank-you to all of our community leaders, teachers, pastors, coaches and volunteers that make EZT the great place it is for all of us to enjoy and thrive. May we all experience the energy of being seen, heard and valued.