Common Ground in Vershire
Today I asked people in Vershire three questions. Here they are with just some of the answers I received.
What makes Vershire a strong community and a great place to live? What is our common ground - what can we agree is important to all of us in Vershire? How can you contribute to finding, maintaining or expanding that common ground?
It seems that all agree the landscape here is breathtakingly beautiful and we deeply value our natural resources as well as dedicated community.
What makes Vershire a strong community and a great place to live?
“I believe most of us who live here have an appreciation of how beautiful the area is.”
“Caring about others, being willing to help and it's beautiful.”
“We care about our land and our natural environment, and value friendly neighbors and people among us who are willing to serve in town offices and positions, make our recycling and waste system work, and participate in community structures like VerShare which provide opportunities to meet other people in various events and at the Church-Orr House library and cafe and MIV shop.”
“Willingness to help others, connection to nature, community spirit manifest in town-wide well-attended events, soup nights, and celebrations.”
“A Historical Society that values the past and keeps finding new stories. Also the Memory Tree Lighting and carol sing.”
“A strong volunteer fire department that is always ready to help – and that hosts the annual Vershire Day Chicken BBQ and fireworks.”
“Our bountiful forests, our generous and kind neighbors, on all sides of the political fence, our independence and remarkable collective skills, our ability to work through challenges in a civil manner, our willingness to share, barter and trade. Our genuine love of this place, this little piece of heaven.”
What is our common ground - what can we agree is important to all of us in Vershire?
“The children, the land, the water, day-to-day survival in the rural setting.”
“Tolerance, respect for others decision to live the way they want to.”
“Loving and caring for our neighbors, no matter their opinions and chosen lifestyles.”
How can you contribute to finding, maintaining or expanding that common ground?
“Know your neighbors even if they don’t come into town for events stop by or drop them a note just to let them know they are not alone. Many people enjoy their solitude but would gladly lend you a hand if you were in need.”
“Realizing that basically everyone wants to be happy.”
“Bring more diverse and younger people into the community, focus on seeing the person not the perceived opinion we have of others.”
“Get out and support whatever activity appeals to you! Or start a new activity! Community is made by getting together.”
“Continuing to build a resilient community, less dependent on the monetary system and more dependent on our collective gifts...continuing to build a system of sharing, bartering and trading, a commitment to reaching out to each other, especially those in need, reminding ourselves what is important to our neighbors, honoring all that they do for community, even when we don't always see eye to eye.”
I hope this is just the beginning of the conversation. Let’s keep talking, listening, working together. Feel free to leave a comment below or post on the Vershire Buzz Facebook page. We’re all in this together. Now more than ever.
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