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Notes from Steve

June 8, 2017

A friend from Iowa City said that I should run against Representative King because the person running against him in 2018 said she was dropping out of the race.  After laughing and sighing deeply, I said “absolutely not”.  The political situation is so drama filled and toxic right now, I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind wanting to throw their hat into the arena.  I’m surprised it took her (the potential candidate) this long to wake up and smell the coffee.  I’m really hoping that politicians in Washington, D.C. at some point follow Abe Lincoln’s sage words “a house divided cannot stand”.  Safe to say this country is fairly divided right now ....
 
Reactive vs proactive movement.  I was recently talking to a friend about our emotional reactions to situations.  If we are so caught up in the “drama of the drama” and the toxicity of making decisions based on emotions, we lose most of the time.  Great gamblers (leaders and politicians included) know this and utilize drama and emotion like fuel on a fire - the bigger the fire burns the less you’ll notice what is happening over “there”.  I like to think that emotional maturity has something to do with being able to see the games being played, rise above and make your response with forethought, calmness and grace. 
 
As we move forward with change, it is so important to keep a calm demeanor.  The mental image I have is all of us linked arm in arm, trudging forward proactively.  “Red Rover, red rover ...” - if we are accepting opportunities (as opposed to problems) and embracing them as part of the fabric of the team then we will be stronger and more interesting. 
 
At the end of the day, perfection* doesn’t exist.  And really let’s be honest, perfect is boring.  A little drama is fine for seasoning, but know when to say when.


*"But Perfection never appealed to me. It's the beauty and honesty behind imperfections, that i fall in love with." Said someone some time ago...

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