welcome to the city of avon
Summer is coming to an end and I hope you have been able to spend time outdoors, going for walks or bike rides, taking in baseball games, going for a swim or grabbing an ice cream cone. It has been a joy to see so many people taking advantage of our great parks this summer and spending time with their families.
As summer transitions to fall, I’ve been thinking about the years I spent working at my family’s Greenhouse. I always felt that the change of seasons brought an opportunity for renewal, a time when I could ‘start over again’. If the Greenhouse had a less-than-stellar spring season, I knew summer would be here soon and things would be better if I worked a little harder. Then if we had a really good fall season, I could look forward to having an equally good winter and Christmas season.
Although I’m not at the Greenhouse anymore, I still feel the same when the seasons change. The new season offers a time for me to feel hopeful and optimistic. If I am experiencing difficult times, whether it is related to work, home or family, I take the opportunity that comes with the change of seasons to say “I will do things differently now”. Even if the changes I want to make seem too big to tackle, I can do anything for a season, right?
I stopped for lunch recently at a local restaurant where a small child gave me a big smile. It made my day. This child did not know who I was nor will he ever know how much that smile meant to me. It reminded me of the times when a friendly hello or smile lifted my spirits. Maybe each of us can make a promise that, for just this season, we will make an effort to lift someone else’s spirit, lend a helping hand to those in need, or have a face-to-face conversation with someone, rather than sending a text or email. After fall is over, continue your commitment through the winter months. We have the chance to “start over” each season and to do and be better than we were before.
I really believe that the more you give, the more you get in return. For those of us that feel especially blessed, I hope we choose to pay it forward to others, remembering even a good season will end and you may be the one needing help or encouragement.
It is my honor and privilege to serve as your mayor.
"Appreciate where you are in your journey, even if it's not where you want to be. Every season serves a purpose."
Bryan K. Jensen
Mayor, City of Avon