Some people bring out the best in others….some like my brother-in-law, makes me want to write down all sorts of quotes. They are poignant and meaningful and thought-provoking. Some of the quotes I will share are ones that I used for penmanship practice during the home schooling years. They describe and remind me of him. We wanted to raise our boys to emulate and mold their character to follow in their father and Uncle’s footsteps.
Yesterday, my brother-in-law was re-elected to the Town Council of Newport, Vermont. All of our home towns should be so lucky. He is a man of honor, integrity, strength, intelligence and the good grace to be kind and humble. You most likely will not see quotes taped up around his office. He is the kind of man who quotes are written about. “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” (Albert Einstein)
The picture above is indeed a picture of Newport, Vermont where he serves his community. It is the kind of place that post card pictures are taken. Before you ask, yes, the people are “wicked” nice and friendly. The pace is a bit slower than most of us are used to. This is the kind of town where we all would be proud to live and raise our families.
In the arena of politics you are not likely to hear a bad word about Mr. Right’s brother. “Character is much easier kept then recovered.” (Thomas Paine)
You won’t hear about scandals, infidelity, stealing, corruption or a variety of other sad and uncalled for topics that sometimes creep into politics of today…………..you just won’t. You can be sure of that.
He takes his job to heart. He stands up for the people of his town. He gathers the facts and then makes an informed decision and stands by it. He is the same person he was when he wasn’t on the town council. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but, if you want to test a man’s character give him power.” (Abraham Lincoln)
No matter the towns’ issues or problems, no matter how big or small, he treats them all the same, straightforward and with the determination to resolve and move forward. “Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it. Autograph your work with excellence.”
John A. Wilson is a good man. Our son number two, has his middle name. It is an honor and privilege as well as my good fortune to say he is my brother-in-law. I don’t usually use names in my blog, however, once in a while it seems right.
Something tells me that the towns people of Newport, Vermont are in good hands for at least another couple of years. Congratulations to the town for choosing wisely. Congratulations and a hearty thank you to John for his community service.
“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”