Over the last several weeks, I’ve been blessed to talk with several great men. In fact, I’ve been so overwhelmed with all that they do…more than needed for 5 Minute Citizen…that I’ve experienced a bit of writer’s block. On one hand, I don’t want to minimize who they are by focusing on a small aspect of what they do. On the other, I don’t want to overwhelm people who only have 5 minutes a day to make an additional contribution. I’ve been stuck.
As I sat down to write today, I suddenly saw what these men have in common, which has caused my challenge to write about them. It is their assumption of service to others. They incorporate their contribution to their communities into their lives naturally, saying “of course, that’s what one does.”
Growing up, the message was “live your life and stay out of politics except voting”, and this blog was written to inspire people who received that same message. When I “awakened” to the work of the community and discovered the thousands of people who were doing the work of civic engagement, attending community meetings, helping candidates, neighborhood watch groups, etc, I was astounded. I jumped in the deep end…because that is my style of change. But as I learned over the last couple of weeks, others grew into the role through their families with role models as “it’s just what you do.” (Of note, both my families have become more active in their community…yeah!)
Now that my overwhelm is out of the way and I’ve provided you with some of the back story for the stories to come, I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much I enjoyed researching and writing them. Stay tuned.