For those of you who have read my previous articles in the North Ogden Connection, the phrase “One North Ogden” will sound familiar. I have been asked by several citizens what this means? I’d like to take this opportunity to give you my definition of this phrase.
The de facto motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, which means: one from many. This motto appears on the Great Seal of the United States of America and is indicative of the original Thirteen Colonies emerging as a single nation. Each colony may have had a different culture with different ideas, but they united for a common purpose. Our community is also comprised of citizens who have different ideas. However, I believe that no matter how long someone has lived in our community, most have a common goal of keeping North Ogden a great place to live.
To me, it doesn’t matter what religion someone professes or what color of skin they have. It doesn’t matter their political affiliation or their sexual preference. It doesn’t matter if they are female or male. We can be “One North Ogden” when it comes to working together to improve our community. We are each other’s friends and we should avoid letting people divide us by age, income, race, and where we live in North Ogden. Being “One North Ogden” doesn’t mean we are homogenous in thought and opinions. It simply means we are unified in working towards keeping our community a safe, beautiful and a prosperous place for us and future generations to live. The definition of one from many is applicable in our community–one purpose, many ways to get there!
The Autumn season is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner! I hope each of us will take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Several have suggested that I dress up as the Mayor and go trick or treating. I think I’ll pass on that request and just continue to do the best I can to serve our community. However, there are many in our community that would appreciate a social distanced visit so perhaps doing a little trick or treating (so to speak) isn’t a bad idea. I’d encourage you to reach out to those who are in need.
I recently read the following: “In a world where you can be anything , choose to be kind!” I believe this is great advice and will help us in our goal of being “One North Ogden”.
Have an outstanding October!