This is a page of articles submitted by readers and participants in ReVisioning Two Harbors.  The guest blog page was created in December to facilitate discussion about our Dec. 14 Forum topic, “What Next for ReVisioning Two Harbors?”  To submit a guest blog of one page or less to this website, email your article to revisioningth@gmail.com.

Dec 10:  Here is our first guest blog, submitted by Katya Gordon:

Like most people, I vacillate between hope-and-satisfaction, and discouragement-and-lethargy, when it comes to our dear old town of Two Harbors.  Sometimes it feels like an impossible uphill battle to move “my” way in the tiniest direction.  Other times I’m overwhelmed with how fortunate we are to live here on this beautiful Lake, surrounded by civil, moral people, essentially unencumbered in our efforts to create a good life.

 

For me, Visioning, or Re-visioning, or Re-re-visioning, anything, begins first with inner work.  Someone wise once said “Everything is created twice—first in someone’s mind, and then in real life.”  For me, the visioning is the easy part.  I have a thousand visions, very few of which make it to any kind of life.  Why?  Because the next part is much harder!  Nothing happens in a vacuum, and nothing happens alone.

 

The first step in creating any vision is to reflect:  “Who is important to this vision’s success?  Whose wisdom/skepticism/evaluation will be valuable in this project?”  Walking into a church, or a public building, or a home, or a store, or a classroom, to start a conversation with someone who is not already a friend, is a heart-thumping activity even for the most confident extrovert—which most of us are not.  But—the gold that can emerge from those conversations can be found nowhere else.

 

After that, the hardest part is patience.  Inevitably the growth of an idea leads to physical complications and discouraging roadblocks.   It’s easy to let those take over and eventually bring us all to a grinding halt.  Better to allow them to appropriately slow me down.  There are reasons why my vision isn’t already happening, and those are usually starring me in the face.  Every person has a story, and the more stories we know related to any project, the better able we are to create something new—in the long run.  When something does start to move, and a project/vision/event/idea begins to take form, I now know that it’s not mine but ours—and has a greater chance of enduring for that reason.

 

Which brings me to the greatest mystery for Two Harbors:  how can we create in a way that it lasts beyond the vision of the founder?  How can we avoid the pitfall of maintaining a faltering vision essentially on grit and guilt?  Are all visions created equal?  Or are some truly brilliant and enduring, while others simply take up too much time, money, or commitment to last through the years?  Is it best to accept that things ebb and flow, towns grow and shrink, fashion and culture shift and evolve?  And that we should enjoy it while it lasts, and then let it go by, calmly as that 1000th wave along the shore, trusting that the human creative energy in Two Harbors is now focusing in other directions?

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