The morning air lends its icy touch to my skin as I prepare my tacklebox and fishing rod in anticipation of a long one-on-one with nature and my own thoughts. This has become a ritual for me that I built during a time where I struggled with motivation. The simple act of fishing has undergone an evolution of meaning in my life and taught me lessons which I now apply to almost all aspects of it.
By now everyone knows the I-85 bridge collapsed in Atlanta on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The governor quickly rallied contractors to action and was allotted $10 million in emergency relief funds by the federal government. The deadline for repairs to be finished was June 15th.
I just learned that National Volunteer Week recently passed, a time to remember and celebrate the irrepressible spirit of volunteering that shapes our lives, our communities, and our democracy. Volunteers are the most important resource community organizations have. The ability of people to work willingly together for the betterment of their community and themselves is what allows such organizations to change society for the better.