I've dreaded it, and dreaded it...and then dreaded this a little bit more...
....but the day is finally here.
It's time for me to give up my title as Miss Scenic City 2017.
Reflecting on my year of service, I feel satisfied when I look back at the completion of my duties and the reign of my title.
A question I've been asked repeatedly is, "Do I feel that I was successful during my year of service?"
I'd have to say the answer to that question is Yes.
We all define success differently, but I always find myself coming back to a poem by one of my favorite authors when I reflect on and set personal goals and achievements.
This year is definitely no exception to its applicability, and every line seamed to reverberate with me all too well this year, and guide me throughout the triumphs and challenges that came my way.
What is Success?
"To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
a healthy child, a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded!"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I feel in my heart, and hope that you feel the same way, that I have been successful this year.
And of course, I plan to continue living these next years of my life striving for this same success.
So for one last time,
I'm your Miss Scenic City 2017,
Christine Electra Williamson.
Thank you for letting me serve you this year. 💜