Duncan Mayor Robert Armstrong

Duncan Mayor Robert Armstrong

Since March of 2020 there has been no shortage of problems and worries to consume your attention. It seems that every time you pick up a newspaper, phone, open email, or social media, it is filled with stories that at the worst create outrage, anger, depression, and/or sadness to overwhelm you; and at best swamp you with anxiety. There is no shortage of things in this world to give you trouble. 

 I think it is more important this year, than in the past, to spend time in reflection this Thanksgiving, and find the things in your life to be grateful and thankful for. It starts with realizing someone always has it worse off than you, no matter how bad your circumstances are. Looking for the sources of light in your own life will bring you a joy that will consume the troubles that seem to consume you. 

I am grateful that we live in a country that was founded on Judeo/Christian principles. A country that started out putting God first and that has therefore been blessed by our creator with the greatest freedoms, wealth, and economy the world has ever seen. Which has in turn created the most generous people in the history of the world. 

I’m grateful for Duncan. There are many people doing good here, from charitable organizations, churches, and down to most granular examples of family’s fostering children in foster care. I’m proud to be a part of this community and grateful to be living here with my family. I am thankful for my wife, Amy, and our four children. The greatest blessings of Amy and my life is that God entrusted us with raising those four children, and I’m grateful for my family’s health. 

Even in pain and sadness we can find thankfulness. This past year one of my good friends lost his dad, well before his time. As Amy and I attended the funeral we listened to all the stories of how Jeff Hart impacted so many lives for good, whether it was giving them a laugh or a helping hand through one of life’s difficulties. Jeff left a lasting legacy, one where people are grateful and better for having known him, myself included. This is not to ignore the pain of the loss, but to be grateful for the enrichment in our lives having known him. Speaking at the funeral, his son Michael reminisced on something his dad always told him. Jeff always said, “Do something to help others and expect nothing in return.”

This is not to ignore all the challenges in our lives and our community that we will continue to work out, it is a call to dive into the purpose of the holiday beyond the meal. So, I implore you this Thanksgiving to find the things in your life to be grateful for, and as my late friend Jeff Hart said, “Do something to help others and expect nothing in return.” If we all did that it will be a truly Happy Thanksgiving, and Duncan and our neighbors will be all the better for it. I pray for God’s blessings in your lives and over our town. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

Mayor Robert Armstrong

 

 

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