Thankfulness for opportunity to publish weekly paper
As I sat down for yet another Thanksgiving feast this past week (thank you mom), I once again became overcome with gratitude for what I have and not so much what I don’t have.
From time to time, I think we all are guilty of dwelling on the negative and forgetting to count our blessings even if they may seem to be few and far in between at times. I know that has happened in my life at different points over the years.
There are times where I may not be as rich in blessings as others, but I’ve found it’s often in the eyes of the beholder as to what we truly have in our lives.
The past couple years have really tested the core of my existence. At the newspaper, there have been some major problems with a botched accounting switchover in which the installer (the only one who could handle it) died midway through the process. This particular item spiraled into other issues as well.
But through all the turmoil, I’ve tried to remain positive and keep forging ahead. And that brings me to Thanksgiving and reflecting on what I have rather than what I don’t have.
I’m thankful for the many subscribers and advertisers who support this newspaper and our sister shopper on a regular basis. Without readers and businesses to support us, there would not be a community newspaper or shopper. And that would be a real travesty.
Quite honestly the one thing that keeps me going week after week is the communication I receive from readers. Most often it’s an email while other times it may be an old- fashioned letter or personal phone call. But whatever the means of communication ends up being, I relish the opportunity to hear from our readers. It’s fun and inspiring to hear the positive comments. The negative ones aren’t as nice, but it still shows that people are engaged with their local newspaper. For that, I’m blessed.
It’s a tremendous undertaking each week to put out a community newspaper. One person alone or even two can’t do it all. It takes a committed staff to pull everything together that people come to expect in their newspaper. I’m thankful for the staff members I have as they are top-notch in providing our readers with all the local news that’s fit to print.
I realize we don’t always make everyone happy with what we do in the newspaper, but I hope people realize we are committed to providing a quality paper filled with 100 percent local news.
Most of all, thank you to each of you for allowing us to come into your lives in this hectic world to give you a small snapshot of what’s happening around you each week.
I’m thankful to be able to go in hot pursuit of providing you a weekly newspaper. It’s a great honor to publish your community paper.