In keeping with all of 2013, the past month has zoomed by in the blink of an eye.
After much deliberation over a number of weeks I decided to run for one of three positions on Village council.
Talk about something being beyond imagination or past the outer realms of possibility!
But the Inner pokes and prods would not stop until my “No Way!” changed to “alright, yes.”
Having put a lot of thought into “what I would do if …”, the base of my platform pulled together quickly.
Infographics seemed the way to go as something fresh and different from a typical three-fold pamphlet.
Grateful for the objective eyes of three friends, I pulled together a concise brochure outlining what I intended to bring to council.
Each of 175 copies were personally signed before heading out to knock on as many doors as possible.
Of those not home, names were researched to match addresses so they could be contacted by mail.
When a resident wanted to talk, as much time as necessary was taken to answer their questions and hear their concerns.
That’s me – jump in wholeheartedly and do my best as with most things I believe in.
From building a plumb, square wall to brainstorming to being a couch potato at Christmas.
People were impressed.
They commented on how good the brochure looked,
how hard I worked,
how I ran the best campaign,
how I was the only one with a full platform (as in nobody else had one at all).
The last brochure was handed out at 7:00pm on Election Eve.
Twenty-six hours later the results came in –
Not even close.
Responses from others were of sadness or disappointment.
All the hard work had gone for naught.
Or seeds had been sowed to reap another day.
I’d even told myself throughout the campaign, if people questioned or saw a new possibility, something good had been accomplished.
Something must come from all the effort.
Looking where the votes fell there was no way I would have ever won.
New and unknown fell to long standing friendships and family ties.
That’s when the real reminder came forward.
Hard work isn’t about reaching a particular end or achieving a certain success.
That’s called control – from the head.
Excellence is about about expressing who you are and showing up fully.
That’s called being – from the soul.
Hard work doesn’t guarantee what we expect, or any result at all.
Digging in even harder doesn’t either.
Sometimes the hole just gets deeper.
We often discount things that come easily, or drop in our laps through no effort of our own.
Success isn’t tied to what you do.
Success – plus joy and happiness too – comes from bringing your true who to everything you do.
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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.