Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do? Today as we watch television and read the newspaper, I believe we do not understand what we were elected to do. Has decency, respect and veneration been ignored, along with a lack of common sense?
I was sent by our Lula government to take training courses in Savannah that I might be able to understand how to run a government more effectively and efficiently for everyone to have a better life and safe neighborhood. I learned that in government, if you hope to carry out these things that can promote an environment for everyone concerned, we must set aside our differences to accomplish our goals. Too often, when we are required to make decisions, sometimes the thought comes up in our mind: What is in it for me?
That helps to cloud our judgment. I am very glad that some of the great men and women that helped to shape our government were able to set aside their differences and outline a government that has survived for hundreds of years.
The city of Lula, far from the things we need to make a better place for people to live, educate their children and provide a better income, is pulling together to make our city a better place to live. Now is the time to wake up and began to change direction. Or are we on automatic pilot going on with the same old philosophy and not aware of the need for change? What are we not seeing but need to immerse and get on a different level?
Decisions are the steering wheel of your life. We have to ask what separates us from others. Are you a self-serving person; if so, it is a poor carpenter who blames his tools for faulty works. All decisions have consequences. We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to do the right thing.
Having a positive mindset and a good attitude does not come easy. Do not be negative because things happen. Focus on the possibilities of what can happen, when we do not dwell on negative thoughts or beliefs. We need to be careful of who we associate with; at the same time we can be influenced by them.
Do not let your circumstances determine your future. There are those who will give you a sermon, if you are heavily burdened. Then there are those who will take up your burdens to help lighten and carry your burdens to a victory.
Having hope keeps us alive. Hardships can often make you better and stronger. We often find ourselves in a storm, but that storm does not have to be in us. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.
Lula City Councilman