Today is Wednesday, which means it’s time for the Inspirational word of the day.

Address (noun): 1) a place 2) a direction 3) skilled and expeditious management.  (verb) 1) To direct to the attention. 2) to aim 3) to deal with.

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I think this word is Twice as powerful because it is both a verb and a noun!

Yesterday was the Main Street Evaluation for our local DDA. (the DDA is the organization I work with to put on events in my hometown.  I serve on the board as well as chair the Promotions committee. )  This evaluation is an opportunity to address the effectiveness of our board, Executive Director and volunteers, by looking at the work plans, volunteer hours log and overall improvements in town because of these efforts.

The final report won’t be written up until later, but we were given very high marks. ;)

Especially when you consider not only how small our town is, but where it is.

Located in SouthEast Michigan, Ortonville has been going through tough times for quite a while.  The people in this area have lost a tremendous number of jobs.  Some have even lost their homes.  It’s been difficult to watch the real estate signs pop up like dandelions whenever GM announces more lay-offs.  Ugh.

So this is where the DDA and it’s volunteers come in.  It is our job to address the situation, focus on the possibilities available and support and encourage our citizens to come together.

We become the stimulus we need when we speak well and often of the people, opportunities and events within our community.

It is only through addressing our problems that we can rectify the situation.

I can’t allow myself to be overwhelmed by the problems, drama and details.  That would be a waste of my energy.

I choose to focus on the solutions and vision of what my community needs; a place to find some common ground and the opportunity to smile at one another.  By taking one step at a time, with the right attitude, we will create the change we need to see in order to make a vibrant Village of Ortonville.

What do you think?  Have I addressed the situation?  What are you addressing?

Today I wish you peace, resilience and alacrity.



In response to the stormy seas of life, my husband Blake and I have created this website to be a Current of Inspiration, a wave of love and joy to wash away hate and fear. By posting every week, it's our commitment to making our world a better place. We hope you find it uplifting and will share it with your friends! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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