“Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.” —Albert Einstein
Well, by the time you read this, Santa will have come and gone for another year and the door to 2021 will be creaking open. Some folks will just see a long, dark corridor beyond the door. But wait, there appears to be bright light coming around the edges. The evidence seems clear; human ingenuity and adaptability will defeat the pandemic.
As people have done in the past, many of us will make new year’s resolutions as one way of maintaining some control over the future. Most resolutions tend to lead to disappointment (and subsequent criticism if others know of them). If I make any, I keep them to myself so that I am the only critic, and I tend to give myself a lot of leeway. I am tempted to resolve to swear off every virtue, so that way I succeed when I fail.
Our FHA team of board members and volunteers have done an excellent job in the year past, which presented many important and difficult challenges such as the wastewater management issue. There are always a multitude of challenges large and small and that team is always busy. For 2021, the team resolves to bring that same excellence to meeting its obligations which affect the values of all of us in our village.
Unfortunately, we cannot keep that resolution to ourselves and give ourselves a lot of leeway. In fact, we constantly publish information in the newsletter or in webinars to let people know what the team is doing. That means all of us who live here can be critics. That is as it should be, after all, we are the FHA and the FHA is us. The team of board members and volunteers are drawn from the many talented people who live here. We have term limits, which ensures that as new members come on board, we maintain a broad and varied perspective.
My term ends in November 2021, and my resolution is to let it end with no regrets. Like the old soldier of the ballad, I shall just fade away. I further resolve to write nine more of these presidential columns, even though that may elicit groans from many of you.
What I suggest as a resolution for you all to consider is joining the FHA Team, which depends on volunteers in many, many roles. See the Volunteers Corner in this issue, and in subsequent months, for just a few of the many roles that need to be filled.
—Carl Angel, email@example.com