It is easy to get caught up in the big-time politics of our country. To weigh the failures or praise the wins, to condemn the arrogant missteps or embrace the benefit of the doubt, to be swept up in your party’s rhetoric or prognosticate the future (grim or rose-coloured). There is certainly both time and place to contend with big politics – there has certainly been enough ink spilled in this column detailing those issues.
But sometimes, to maintain sanity and rediscover what actually makes our nation wonderful, we must step away from big picture and embrace the small details. The million lovely pieces that contrast what is increasingly an ugly world.
Details like our students. Despite many youth working at a disadvantage with funds running dry for public education and Nassau receiving the lion’s share of focus for extracurricular programs, you will find instance after instance of Abaco children rising to the very top. Though the government has shirked its responsibilities in investing in education, students have made Abaco an academic powerhouse in the country. This is in no small part to the tireless efforts of our teachers and community.
The opposite side of the academic coin is athletics. You’ll read in these pages of local clubs, be it Judo, softball, swimming, darts, and many others going up against national, and international, competition and coming out on top. Home grown leagues such as youth football, soccer clubs, and many others foster the spirit of competition and respect.
Respect is a vital condition for our country’s success. Abaco business is built on respect – with family owned operations from Crown Haven to Sandy Point understanding that a rising tide floats all boats. Walk into any local shop that has been around longer than fifteen years and our business leaders’ qualities become evident.
But the most self-evident of all Abaco’s small details is its natural beauty. Beaches, birds, reefs, forests, blue holes, fish. We live in a special place where every natural beauty is so close and within reach – to be enjoyed by all who wish to.
So enjoy the small things in between worrying about the country’s big politics. It will be good for everyone – especially for yourself.