Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blog Guelph: Behold the Pillars of Our Community and Think Change

Guelph by Davey S
Guelph, a photo by Davey S on Flickr.

I doubt anyone has failed to hear about the recent issues plaguing our City Hall and it's easy to become bogged down in the negativity. However, I believe this has provided us with a unique opportunity to really think about the structure of our community; to think about our pillars - artistic, cultural, economic, political, and social. As a whole, are they strong enough to support change, broad enough to be inclusive, integrated enough to be caring, individual enough to give expression, dynamic enough to create opportunities?

And heck, I have to ask - do we even define our pillars?

The question of taking risk came up in a conversation I had this morning.  And it got me thinking about change (as I often do) and how change can not be brought about without some risk. A story that a colleague and friend of mine likes to share comes to mind: Frank Hasenfratz founded Linamar with a single metal lathe in his one-man machine shop in the basement of his home in 1964.

I say, it's fortunate for Guelph he didn't consider it too much of a risk.

But, my point is, Guelph is full of stories such as this one. About people unafraid to make change, to take fair risk - because they believe in a vision.

And although I blogged photos of some of our more well-known community pillars,  I think truthfully the pillars of our community are just being built - today, and in the weeks and months ahead.

I hope we will be unafraid as we raise up our voices and spirits in a column of change and optimism.

- Aidan M.D. Ware


quercus said...

Thanks for this post Aidan. I believe you have captured, what many of us have thought and in some cases said, in a very eloquent choice of words. Your last sentence is especially appreciated at this time of year.

Aidan M.D. Ware said...

I really appreciate your comments on my post today. We have a great community and I believe and hope we will be empowered to affect good change as we rebuild.

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.