EDITOR’S DESK: Resolve to be involved in your community

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM.

I took a few days to mull the idea and, fearing the unknown, politely declined the invitation. And regretted that decision.

Since then, my brother lived and studied in Italy to become a priest. That's why my family took a trip to Rome, the Amalfi Coast and other locations. Spending time in these ancient areas, which held such significance to my heritage, left an impression. It instilled a firm connection between the past and present. It provided a sense of purpose I lost, perhaps, when my father died 10 years prior.

My brother's selflessness and willingness to find the bright side of any situation also was inspiring.

Fast forward a  few years, throw in some enlightenment and a move to Florida and I'm no longer the editor who stays cloistered in his office.

Community involvement ranges from volunteering to simply getting out more. It means managing our various charitable efforts, whether we're collecting for Sharing and Caring or other nonprofits. I'm networking with the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce's Professional and Inspired Leaders of Tomorrow; representing the News Bulletin at each chamber breakfast; serving as Relay For Life Crestview's publicity chair; and — yes, I'm happy to say — I've accepted an invitation to serve on Covenant Hospice's Community Advisory Board.

Hopefully, to help that organization with its mission. Hopefully, on a personal note, to right a wrong from four years ago.

Really, it was a sin of omission.

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