A version of the following blog post appeared as a column in the September 27th edition of the Newburyport Daily News
It would seem many of us have used the expression, “What a difference a day makes.” It generally follows some weather event; recovering from feeling poorly; or perhaps some solution to a problem that has been an ongoing issue over a period of time. For me though, it’s been the indifference…the non-act that leads to a larger difference for a local, regional or national community not being the best version of itself.
Recently, there were two intersecting occurrences that has me thinking more about our indifference to the choices we make personally and collectively that impact all of our lives. Those impacts include the human and economic costs we just don’t think about from day to day even though we acknowledge, sometimes loudly, that they are problematic and require action. It just seems too many of us don’t want to take the necessary action to make our community healthier overall.