Good day, my friends. As always, I pray this blog finds everyone well and hopefully in the holiday spirit. It has been a quiet week as it pertains to the role of mayor. I did, however, receive an email thanking some City employees who helped a member of our community with her flat tire. This is not groundbreaking per say, but it does highlight a few things for me. The first is that our community is one that looks out for each other. Second, even small acts of kindness to others make a difference in the lives of those around us. Third, being grateful for even small acts of kindness is what we should all be experiencing – grateful for the assistance we receive and being willing to say “thank you” even if it’s just a short email.
The City Council meeting was on Tuesday night, and an important topic of interest was the earthy taste/odor some residents have been experiencing with water from Boerne Utilities over the last few weeks. During the meeting, Boerne Utilities Director Mike Mann gave an update to Council on this issue and what is being done to manage it. One thing that has remained true since this was first reported is that our water is safe to consume. I encourage everyone to watch Mike’s presentation (starts at 31:22) to get all the proper information to hopefully answer a lot of questions.
Lastly, next week is Thanksgiving for many. It is a short work week and for some a time to gather with friends and family, a time of travel, and a time to pause and reflect on the many blessings in our lives big and small. Thanksgiving can also be a time of hardship for others. Some people may be feeling alone, life may be hard for a multiple of different reasons or circumstances, and it may be difficult to be grateful during these times. I have been there before where life is just tough.
I encourage us all to be mindful of those in the midst of our community who are in that difficult place this holiday season. May we take the time and opportunities before us to be blessings to others around us. I believe whoever we are, regardless of our situations, we can and should seek out the opportunities to be good neighbors and care and love for those brothers and sisters in our community. I hope the upcoming week and your Thanksgiving is a beautiful time spent being a blessing to those you know and love but also to those around our community who we do life with, our Boerne brothers and sisters. Here are a couple more quotes to help during this season of gratitude known as Thanksgiving.
- “Pause and remember - Every single event in your life, especially the difficult lessons, have made you smarter, stronger, and wiser than you were yesterday. Be thankful!” - Jennifer Young
- “We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.” - Carlos Castaneda
- “Gratitude is not about having enough but instead being grateful enough for what we have.” - Frank Ritchie
Brothers and sisters, I am grateful for the community that we call Boerne. Together we are better, together we are Boerne. Together may we be grateful for each other.