Half empty or half full?

Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?

Yes, that is a question that we have heard over and over again. How we see this question and how we ask it is the real point. It is not the answer to the question that is important, the real point is how we ask it. It is all about perspective.

My family and I moved to the Miami Valley in the fall of 2008. Before coming here, I lived in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, New York and now Ohio. Over my life, I have had the opportunity to live in big cities and small towns, and we were never so happy to find Piqua when we did. My husband and I feel this is a wonderful place to live and raise our family.

We initially lived in Sidney because of my husband’s vocation, and when we knew we would be making our home in this area, I began conversations with Westminster Presbyterian Church. In October 2008, I became the Stated Supply pastor of Westminster with a yearly contract that has been renewed each year since 2008. After some time, our family decided to buy a home, and began looking in Sidney and Piqua. At the same time, our son was beginning kindergarten and because of the reputation of Piqua City Schools, we decided to enroll him. That winter we found a home here in Piqua and became official residents in December 2009.

As I began to embrace my new home and become more and more aware of the personality of our community, one thing really stuck out to me and that was perspective and how folks saw things here in our community. Suffice to say I have noticed that at times there has been quite a bit of negativity in our community. Why is this, I have wondered? Why is it that folks here tend to see the glass half empty and not half full? Yes, it is all about perspective and with perspective comes energy, both positive and negative.

You know, life is short and it is very fragile. I have learned time and time again that all we really have is the present moment. The past is behind us and is over, the future is before us yet not here … all we really have is the right now and how do we want to spend our present moments? Do we want to look at what is missing, complaining about why there isn’t more water in the glass or do we want to look at what we have … celebrating it, giving thanks for it, and looking towards what is before us with eyes of wonder and excitement, instead of eyes filled with questions and doubt? The truth is that it takes a lot more energy to be negative and complain than it takes to be positive, smile and encourage those around you.

What kind of place do you want to live in? A place where the glass is half empty or half full?

Well, it is with great joy that I am announcing my intentions to run for city commission and mayor of our fine and wonderful town. Those who know me know that I live my life through the eyes of my faith, and through my faith, God has called me time and time again out into the community to work with other like-minded citizens to make Piqua the best that it can be. I love Piqua and see the good things we have here and want to be part of making it even better! As I said before, I have lived in many other places and know without a doubt that we have a great thing going here. We have a quality life here, we are blessed to be here, and there is a lot to look forward to here in the future of our community!

My promise to you, the citizens of Piqua is this, my campaign platform will be positive acknowledging the good we have going on here and looking into the future for ways to make it even better. I will always look to see the glass as half full, seeking with all that I have to find ways to get even more water into the glass.

Yes, we do live in a wonderful place, and we have a lot going for us as a community. With your vote of support, I would be honored to lead us into the future celebrating where we have been, accentuating all the positive things that are here before us, and looking towards the future with eyes open to the wonder and excitement that is yet to come. Friends, now is the time to accentuate the positive and grow our wonderful city. I promise I will do just that as your next Ward 5 city commissioner and as the mayor of our fine and wonderful city!