Cherish the Connections

Posted on 23 April 2008

We hope everyone has noticed that the flag at the end of Main Street is flying at half-mast. We would like to take this occasion to expound on how a tightly knit community like ours can observe and honor such an occurrence. This is a chance to reflect on what’s important in life.

As of late Sag Harbor has been utterly consumed by issues like high property taxes in relation to school districts, by power lines and how our cherished vistas might be jeopardized and by affordable housing and the future of an historic building. Never has this village faced such a litany of issues that seem to affect so many so deeply.

However this weekend, we believe everyone should pause. Everyone should take a moment and remember how lucky we are to be living here, in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Also, reflect on how this all happened. Honor the blood, sweat and tears of those who came before us, those who fought to give this to us.

As a small community, we can come to each other’s aid, we can reach out our hands and we can put down the causes we champion day in and day out, in order to look at life through a different lens and connect with our neighbors.

We can look at the grand scheme of things and realize that power lines, that taxes and that the future of an historic building are important issues, but just not the most important. Indeed, if you pause and think about the big picture, they pale in comparison to friends and family, to life and love and to health and safety.

Sag Harbor is a place where what affects one person or one family, affects us all. And if we don’t drop whatever cause we are championing this week or this month or this year, and observe this moment with wide eyes, then we may forget what really matters most and what we should cherish above all: connection.

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