Rural Missouri Magazine

Christmas: A time to reflect

by Barry Hart

by Barry Hart

As we approach the holiday season, many of us reflect on the past year and set goals for the next. It is a time to renew old friendships and a time when memories and traditions combine to make the season bright with promise, anticipation and joy.

The changes we experience with our families every year makes this season all the more exciting as we gather together and discuss what took place.

The elders of our families remind us of our Christmases past and our wishes and dreams of long ago. New family members are drawn into the family circle to add to the joy of the season.

The desire for communication between friends and family is never more apparent than it is this special time of year, as mailboxes (both the old-fashioned kind and today’s e-mail) are packed with greetings and phone lines are busy with calls between family members and friends from across the miles.

I’d like to take a moment to thank each of you who have taken time to keep in touch with us throughout the past year, sharing with us your ideas and comments as well as any problems you may have faced.

It’s good to know what you think about the topics we cover in Rural Missouri. We never forget it’s your publication. We’re here to keep you informed and your comments let us know if we’re on track. Please continue to tell me and the rest of the staff what’s on your mind.

May each of us be thankful for the many good things we’ve accomplished this year by working together — and may we continue to work side by side in the coming new year.

It’s great to be back in Missouri where I got my start in the rural electric program so many years ago. As I travel around the country and talk with my counterparts in other states I am reminded how great things are back home in Missouri.

That’s due in large part to the family atmosphere at Missouri’s electric cooperatives where your leaders can disagree but eventually come together on the important issues that affect you and your electric coperative.

For the staff of Rural Missouri, my wife, Laura, and myself, as well as the rest of Missouri’s rural electric cooperative family, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Here’s hoping our paths cross in 2005 as I make the rounds of cooperative annual meetings.

Hart is executive vice president of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives.

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