I looked back at my blog and I came across a post about “Service, Fixing and Helping.”
It was lessons from my father, who taught me about the gift of “service,” which is different than “fixing” and “helping.” In “helping” and “fixing” one could often see individuals and institutions as being weaker than oneself, and people could feel diminished.
My father taught me that “service” honors life, and the wholeness and holiness of life.
The feeling that I get about Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD), is that some people seem to feel “diminished” by the prospect of “being told what to do” by some outside entity, i.e., a proposed Local Historic District Commission.
The way I see a Local Historic District for Newburyport, is that the LHD would be of “service” to our city. The way a city or town looks from the outside reflects the internal spirit of the people who live there. Historic homes and places remind one that we honor the people who have gone before us, and that what we do now lives on after us. That an historic place embodies a spirit of respect for the past, and responsibility for the present and for the future.
To embrace protecting the history of our city by enacting a Local Historic District, Newburyport would embrace ensuring that the spirit and soul of this place, that we all love so much, would endure to enrich and bless people’s lives now and in the future.