On Tuesday of this week I FINALLY signed paperwork on my home in the community. As I reflected on the process of my transitioning from a reporter of the Santa Rosa Press Gazette to the editor of Washington County News and Holmes County Times Advertiser one thing that struck me as charmingly amazing was that I would have a physical presence in both communities seven days a week no matter how you looked at it.

You see with my company if you have more than one location that you report to, or in my case lead a portion of, it is called your “home office.” In my case that is in Washington County. My “physical home” that I have purchased is in Holmes County. So I will have the rare privilege of truly getting to be physically part both of these two wonderfully unique and culturally rich counties; and I am truly very much looking forward to it.

Though many have already read by now, I have had the rare opportunity to work with several communities in Florida and Alabama with my church over the past several years but until coming to be your editor I never had the opportunity to see Washington and Holmes.

I have heard from members in the community that, “ Washington and Holmes are two of the poorest counties in Florida.”

When I first heard that I had to stop and think for a moment the way they were thinking about being rich versus poor.

Were they strictly thinking about the money aspect? Or were they thinking about the community values? Were they thinking about the community spirit? Were they basing things on simple face values?

Here is a question to ponder for a moment? What really makes a “wealthy” community? Is it really money alone?

It has been said that community wealth is created as people from varied backgrounds (i.e. corporate and nonprofit leaders, nonprofit supporters and volunteers, clients or constituents of nonprofits, etc.) share their strengths to advance worthy causes that lift up our communities.

So strengths, doesn’t just mean finances. could mean time, talents, and so much more.

Part of being a wealthy community is building that community, no community instantly was “wealthy” from the word go.

Alan Watts once said, “Money is a way of measuring wealth but is not wealth in itself. A chest of gold coins or a fat wallet of bills is of no use whatsoever to a wrecked sailor alone on a raft.”

Have you ever heard that saying, “True wealth isn't measured in money; it's measured in moments, like time with loved ones and giving back to our community?”

Something to think about.

K. William Boyer is the editor of Washington County News and Holmes County Times Advertiser. He can be reached at kboyer@chipleypaper or at 850-638-0212 ext. 4006