I saw a credit card commercial a little bit ago that created wistfulness within me.
I don't even know which credit card company it was, but it talked about rewarding you for shopping small businesses this holiday season.
That's when I sighed.
You see, I live in Arlington (NE), a village of 1,200, and there are absolutely no small businesses where I could shop for holiday gifts.
One reason is that Fremont, a city of 25,000, is only six miles away. In fact, when you are at the edge of Fremont, you can see our water tower. It's that close.
Another reason is that the largest city in the state is roughly 30 minutes away with numerous shopping options.
Don't get me wrong. I love where I live.
High school football playoffs just started last Friday night, and there was a standing room only crowd at the game. The gates opened at 5:30 (90 minutes before game time), and the stands started filling quickly. I anticipate it will be the same story again in three days for the second round when we host another game.
The businesses we do have in this town are top-notch and our family supports them wholeheartedly. In fact, I know there are people in Fremont who come to Arlington because of the integrity, professionalism, and abilities of some the business owners here.
However, we lack in the options for shopping.
I would love a main street with small shops for people to frequent, but it hasn't happened. And, that's why I feel a touch of sadness at times.
Our village has so much to offer and there is a lot of support for some aspects but not all, and I'm just not sure what it would take for a place to be successful here. Believe me, my dream is to own a small coffee shop with crafts to offer on consignment. I can visualize it in my mind. I've seen what I've dreamed of in other communities, but those communities have been much larger. I don't know that there would be enough support to make it happen here, and quite frankly, I'm too scared to try.
It's not that I'm afraid to fail, because we learn so much from failure. What I fear is failing from a monetary standpoint. That I can't and won't do.
I know there are no guarantees, but at this point, I'm not willing to take the risk.
Which is also probably why I sigh...
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.