I've put off writing a blog about receiving the honor of being chosen as Oswego Patch's Person of the Year because it's difficult for me to be honored for something that I do because it gives me such great personal satisfaction.
It doesn't seem like you should be honored for living your passion, but you've chosen to do that and, although it sounds corny, I'm humbled by your belief in me! It puts somewhat of a burden on me to continually strive to aim high so I don't let any of you down.
Although my projects were highly visible, that in no way diminishes the many other Oswegoans who do great things on a regular basis and who add so much to the quality of life here in Oswego. No one person can make everything happen, so as a team we create a community...in every sense of the word. No, that doesn't mean we're perfect, or that we don't squabble and disagree.
There can be some pretty contentious issues and blood-pressure-raising dialogue (that's the pc term for fighting), but in the end, many Oswegoans have proven that when called upon to act together for an important common cause, they are there, shoulder-to-shoulder, pulling together. Most of us have the same goals. We simply have a different way of getting there.
From that aspect, I'm blessed to find the right causes which speak to so many people. I believe we all yearn for a better world. We're searching for a connection to "our" America" and we desperately want to have someone show us the way. That person can simply be someone who brings us the news or issue, or, perhaps, the one (like me) who asks, "Can you help me with this?"
Most of you know that I've become better at asking others to pitch in, to find your own "connect" button. I'm blown over when you respond to my pleas. Whether it's asking for shoes, or cards and letters, or prayers for my family....whatever it may be, it seems more and more of you are answering the call. I hope that means you're also experiencing a patriotic awakening.
Recently, my friend said she doesn't know where I get my energy and asked if I sleep at night! But, then again, she said she doesn't feel as passionate about something as I do. I'm fortunate - very lucky in fact - to have found something that stirs my soul and fills every one of my days with ideas, energy, hope, renewal, and things I want to accomplish. The more I create and do, though, the more I'm going to need your help! I hope you'll be up for the challenge.
Thank you for believing in me as a person, and my projects for their importance. You fuel my desire to do even more to help make Oswego a town we can all be proud of. My brother asked me if I would be given a crown and a scepter, but I'm more comfortable wearing my Jack-of-all-trades hat and carrying the American flag, so that's what I'll continue doing. Thank you again everyone.
As always, live an inspired and patriotic life.