With civic elections coming in November and nomination packages becoming available this week, it is time once again to weigh and consider the political direction of our community.
After a tumultuous, challenging, and ultimately rewarding three years, I am again choosing to engage myself in our local political system.
I compose this letter to the editor with hopes of encouraging those of you out there who are invested in the life of our community and have the time and energy to healthily engage in the shaping of local governance, to involve yourselves.
It is both my wish and my suggestion that those who choose to put themselves forward as candidates do so in a respectful, thoughtful, and proactive manner.
Local government decision making is seldom simple, never black and white, and takes both time and constructive work to accomplish.
Proactive engagement, from my perspective, means being positive, or solution based, and active, or action oriented in putting it to work.
Discourse, disagreement, and a useful back and forth of struggling with concepts and trying to understand and work with conflicting positions is an integral part of decision making.
Arm chair critiquing, or negative campaigning, though an easy route for “getting noticed” is non-productive, and does not lead to sound community building or a highly functioning local government.
The energy spent bobbing about on a sea of complaint is far better spent in figuring out how “to be” the change desired.
Influencing and shifting local systems is relational and becomes unproductive when reactionary based.
We need, now more than ever, to continue our focus on strengthening our community and our region, maintaining and developing our unique and bountiful assets, and creatively and enthusiastically, with grin and grace, building our beautiful tomorrows.
Roll up your sleeves. Put on your cool hat. Show off your wicked wonderful ideas.
Engage where you can, when you can with the intent to build, not to topple.
Take a risk, take a chance, take a moment, hold a thought, hold it, gentle now, and then, with a knowing smile, jump.