Thomas Jefferson once said, “I like the dreams of the future more than the history of the past.” 2020 has been a unique and challenging year! As the new year approaches, most of us will pause and reflect upon the prior year, and in many cases, we will look forward to the hope of a fresh start in 2021. As we reflect on this past year, it is my wish that the important lessons we learned can be used to help us enjoy the new year and have hope that things can and will be better.
The new year will bring many changes to our city: We will have a new city recorder. After nineteen years, Annette Spendlove has made the decision to retire. We thank her for her service and wish her well as she spends more time with her family. We will have an expanded intersection at 2600 North. The long-awaited restructuring of the intersection at Washington Blvd. and 2600 North, along with the widening of 450 East to 2850 North and 2600 North to the city offices, will begin. We will have a new parade route for Cherry Days. The July 4th parade will have a new route because of the above-mentioned road construction. A potential change is being discussed regarding the building/remodel of our Public Safety Building. After receiving more input from our citizens in 2021, the Council will need to look at how best to resolve the need for a safe and conducive work environment for our public safety department. These are just a few of the things the new year will bring to our city. January 1st can be looked at as the first blank page of a 365-page book that each of us will write about ourselves. Perhaps I could suggest a few chapter headings:
• Try new things
• Celebrate small successes
• Don’t get hung up on perfection – just do your best
• Be willing to change
• Don’t be afraid to fail
• Be yourself – “why try to fit in when you are destined to stand out”
• Make a positive difference in someone else’s life
• Focus on improving the wonderful things that make you who you are
The new year will come whether we give permission or not, and it will happen again year after year. With this being the case, why not make the best of the opportunity for a fresh start! I like the following quote from Billy Vaughan: “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
I’m convinced those who stay up to see the new year in will enjoy life a lot more in 2021. It’s my hope that in the new year, each of our citizens will find that North Ogden is truly a great place to live.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!!!