‘Ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tive’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

I WOULD like to thank the Melbourne Busi­ness School for con­duct­ing their re­search into ’what’s work­ing and what’s not’ in our mag­nif­i­cent town. It was re­fresh­ing to read the ini­tial out­come sum­mary and I am look­ing for­ward to read­ing the full re­port. I am guilty, as I hope we are all pre­pared to ad­mit, of dis­cussing town is­sues with only half the in­for­ma­tion. I hope this re­port al­lows us to take a good hard look at our­selves. It is sur­pris­ing to me that there is so much neg­a­tiv­ity in such a beau­ti­ful serene place. The na­ture in­spires us, and yet for the last five years I, like many oth­ers, have been full of the neg­a­tiv­ity that was ini­ti­ated when we had town bor­der changed and lost our feel­ing of con­trol. It wounded the town and the wound was deep, yet I am un­sure why we have not de­cided to band to­gether and raise the spirit. I have seen peo­ple pull to­gether when a tragedy hits an in­di­vid­ual in the com­mu­nity, an ill­ness or an ac­ci­dent in­spires fund rais­ing and a com­mu­nity at­ti­tude of ’lend­ing a help­ing hand’. Come on Port, we need to treat the town with the same en­ergy. Dis­cus­sion, con­sul­ta­tion and de­bate are only part of the process. Agree­ment, Plan­ning and Ac­tiv­ity are also vi­tal to a healthy com­mu­nity. I sent my let­ter to a friend who com­mented “There’s a song “ac­cen­tu­ate the pos­i­tive, elim­i­nate the neg­a­tive, latch on to the af­fir­ma­tive . . .” that was first recorded in 1944. I would have hes­i­tated to sug­gest the town adopt it as its theme song be­cause it’s so old (same year I was born) but when I just went to Wikipedia to get the ex­act words I see Paul Mccart­ney has just recorded it on a new al­bum in 2012. Ev­ery­thing comes around again, ap­par­ently. I’ve seen bell-bottoms twice!”


Elim­i­nate the neg­a­tive: Sir Paul Mccart­ney reprises ‘Ac-cent-tchu- Ate the Pos­i­tive’

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