At the Village of Lakewood’s Board of Trustees’ meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019 a roomful of residents showed up to give their arguments for or against the approval and acceptance of two stormwater grants – grants which would not only reduce the deposit of sediment and nutrients into Chautauqua Lake, but also improve the aesthetics of Chautauqua Avenue and Lowe Park at minimal cost to the village. The debate ensued for hours when, finally, a resident stood up and made the following observation: “Vision … and FUD’ he repeated several times. “Vision … and FUD”. What did he mean? What is FUD?
FUD is an acronym for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. It’s easy to let the fear of the future, especially when there are legitimate concerns, overwhelm a vision. It’s so easy to let the uncertainty of future events and problems become insurmountable barriers to change. But what if the problems and concerns can be overcome and Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt have kept the village from becoming leaders in stormwater management? What if the problems foreseen in the future DON’T happen and the village gave up great funding opportunities because of FUD?
“Vision” is defined as the ability to think about a plan for the future with imagination, intelligence, and wisdom. It’s a mental picture of the future and what the future can hold. It guides us and creates in us the desire to grow and improve. It embodies hopes and dreams. Vision shows us where we need to go, providing motivation and inspiration to keep us moving forward past whatever obstacles we meet. Vision requires courage and leadership.
Lakewood’s award-winning comprehensive plan is the manifestation of a vision created by village residents. But it will do no more than sit upon a shelf and gather dust unless we continue with “vision” and take ownership of the conviction that a better Lakewood CAN be achieved.
Helen Keller said: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
Photo by Bernadette van der Vliet, BMT Photos
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