Change is here |

Change is here

The Roaring Fork Valley has become a place of cultural diversity. For those of us who have been living here for many years, encountering these new arrivals has been an adjustment and a challenge.

Coming to America is the dream of so many. Upon arriving, reality is often not what the dream promised. We have the golden opportunity to extend a warm welcome to these more-recent arrivals simply by offering patience rather than anger, and smiles rather than scowls.

Just down the street in Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood, New Castle, Rifle and Grand Junction, it is easy to enjoy fish tacos, tamales, enchiladas and homemade tortillas, as well as the Spanish language, music and warm smiles.

Giving oneself permission to have a loving heart and a welcoming attitude are gifts that go both ways. For those of us who wear the title of local or Colorado native with pride, a feeling of safety and expanded community replaces feelings of invasion and loss of familiarity with one’s community.

Change is here ” has been for years now. Choosing to be comfortable with these changes will enhance everyone’s short, sweet walk through this world. With luck, 80 years may come to us all. Eighty years is such a short time to live, work, laugh, cry, love, hate, accept, reject, learn and grow. Eighty years filled with love and compassion, acceptance, health, harmony and contentment is my prayer for us all. Good luck on the path.

Linda Dillion


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