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Have you ever helped a young child learn to ride a bike? They hold on for a while, then turn loose, fall, get up and try again. Then the day comes when a glow of pride covers their face and they shout with excitement, “Look, Mom, I got up by myself, I can do it!”

This happened to me during the recent months of physical therapy. One of the big achievements was learning how to get down on the floor and then get up again. It took several tries (with encouragement from Kim and Kelley, the therapists), but in the end, I made it, and shouted, “I did it myself!”

During our lives, we all take our share of falls. We fall down on promises to our families, ourselves, friends, and, yes, even to God. How do we respond to our tumbles?

Some people concentrate on failure, and become disappointed and have negative feelings. Others, like the young biker, concentrate on the possibilities, try to change, overcome and move toward the future. A future full of excitement, because they beat their own record.

We are two weeks into the new year of 2011 and are faced with many problems in our small community.

The Grantsville town council is seeking candidates for the upcoming election in June.

This week, the council voted to apply for a grant to develop the site of the town property at the intersection of Rts. 5 and 16, and get rid of the “ugly hole” that is at the entrance to our county seat. There was a feeling of excitement because we did not give up.

It is not just the town of Grantsville, it is Grantsville, the county seat of Calhoun County.

Look to the future, vote, participate, ask questions and volunteer.

We can get up again!

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