The message of Easter and Spring is about transformation, and the beauty that can come from sacrifice. The current revitalization that we are seeing in Inglewood is, in a sense, a reflection of springtime renewal and rebirth.
In the past, many people abandoned Inglewood. They believed Inglewood’s best days were over and considered it dead. But those who had faith in the city continued to work hard and elected leadership who would put action behind the vision for a better day.
Easter and the Spring season are all about renewal. And there is probably no better example of a city than Inglewood right now to illustrate this transformation. There is evidence of newness all around us. Look on every major street and you’re bound to see the signs—buildings going up, streets being paved, grand openings and ribbon cuttings.
Spring time renews our hope. The blossoming of flowers and plants reminds us of new life. It reminds us that it is time to shed the old and make room for the new. Spring energy makes us want to start new things and be part of something exciting. Again, you need to look no further than Inglewood to find transformation.
This would be a great time to extend the beauty of the season by sprucing up your home or business. Our city is being reborn. And we need to look our best and have our homes and businesses reflect the spirit of the city.
Just as the city is being renewed, it is important that we as individuals make changes within ourselves.
One of the best ways to accomplish this is to adjust our attitudes. Old stereotypes of Inglewood as depressed and crime-ridden just don’t match reality anymore. Some people are still carrying around these old negative images. Some of them were never based in reality, while others reflect an image that has long passed.
It is important that old timers stay current as the city continues to evolve. Don’t be afraid of change because it is inevitable. Give yourself a chance to adjust, but don’t get stuck in yesterday. Ask yourself how you can grow personally as the city grows.
A community is only as strong as its neighborhoods. It is time to reach out to neighbors, and welcome new ones in. Working together and supporting each other will create lasting bonds. It will foster friendship and cooperation.
As you celebrate Easter weekend, I hope you will think about the aspects of your life where you would like to see renewal. Happy Easter.