As I sat in church yesterday and I listened to the message about changes taking place inside of churches and congregations that have created a different atmosphere, and I was struck by the similarities we all feel regarding change. Change is hard because we have to come out of our comfort zone and go into the unfamiliar. Even when the message and the change are positive and uplifting it is human nature to want what we want. Most of the time, that is to be comfortable and in charge of that comfort.
How we react to change is impacted by how it is presented, whether it is in our personal lives, community, school, or business. Of course, nothing says change like business. A strong business leader can change the whole tone of the community with an uplifting message. It becomes contagious bringing feelings of success and positivity to those around them. That can be frightening to people who have built their platform off of negativity. In a perfect world, people would take pride in the efforts and successes of other businesses and leaders in the community and want to build on that rather than scrutinize and deliberately undermine those efforts. Maybe it has to do with feeling of a loss of power. Like a little kid, it doesn't matter whether it positive or negative, it is power, at least until it's not.
That is the cool part “until it’s not!” This particular church has developed a whole new idea of what church means, changing some of the standards in the order of the service. As a result, it has grown and grown becoming so strong with so many positive people that the negativity has been completely drained by all the positive energy.
I have seen something similar in Pulaski County, so I encourage you to join the growing movement of businesses and organizations that are making a difference. It starts with each and every one of us. Isn't that right? Just ask Blue Ridge Fudge Lady, Cavalier Supply, Claytor Lake State Park, DCR, Draper Mercantile, Fine Arts Center for the NRV, Mountain 2 Island, POM, Town of Pulaski, Pulaski County, Friends of Peak Creek (FOPC), Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL), Thornspring Golf Club, Pete Dye River Course, YMCA, Stand Out Fashions, Food City, Pulaski Theatre, MK's Gourmet Pizzeria and Shoppe, Draper Golf Club, Pulaski Grow, True Value Hardware, Pulaski Rotary, Pulaski Proud, United Way, Beans & Rice, Sal's Jr Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, Lowe's, Wal-Mart Dublin and Fairlawn, Sleep Inn, Lewis Gale Pulaski Hospital, just to name a few because there are so many more........Pulaski County is ... All Together Great!
Work hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive.
Peggy White, Executive Director