GeeGuy has a great post about how so many people – usually Great Falls natives – are so darn pessimistic when it comes to Great Falls.
In my job, I have the privilege of talking with many people who come here from other places, both temporarily and to live. And you know what? They are invariably more positive about our community that those who were born and raised here. That is wrong!”
And as someone who came here only 3 years ago, I have to agree. My attitude about Great Falls is decidedly upbeat and optimistic, and it just plain hurts me when I hear people complain about how awful Great Falls is, and how the “powers that be” stand in the way of progress, and other such whining.
Believe me when I tell you: this place, this community, this small city called Great Falls is truly wonderful. Perhaps it helps if you’ve lived someplace else for a while…
I’ve lived in many places: Phoenix, Florida, Ohio, England, the San Francisco bay area, Spokane, Oklahoma City, southern California, and San Antonio. Once you’ve seen what living in those places is like, you might really begin to appreciate the virtues of Great Falls. I’ve said it many times: never have I met a more friendly bunch of people than I’ve met here in Great Falls. That is selling point #1 – and one that the locals might not appreciate. People smile at each other! Strangers strike up conversations and get to know each other! In larger communities, that just doesn’t happen on a regular basis. Whenever I walk through the grocery store here in Great Falls, I am always asked by at least one employee if I need any help – believe me, that is a very rare occurence in larger cities.
And if you think that traffic on 10th Avenue South is bad at 5:00 pm, give me a break! Trust me — even at the busiest times, the traffic here in Great Falls is peachy. Natural beauty? People, no matter what direction you look, we’re surrounded by it, from the Big Sky looking towards the Little Belt mountains, to the wondrous Missouri River when it’s iced over, to the charm of Central Avenue. Let’s appreciate what we have here, and remember that attitude makes a big difference!