I’ve find the conversations our political leaders are having lately to be bordering on the ridiculous.
In Minnesota, the place I call home, the tone and tenor of the discussion is bordering on the ridiculous. Our elected leaders had five months to come to an agreement on the budget and, today – two or three weeks past the end of the legislative session – they have nothing to show for the time they spent in session.
On the national stage, well things aren’t any better there. I have been disappointed with our politicians and the over used phrase “I take complete responsibility for my actions”. Congressman Weiner and former Senator John Edwards stood tall and recently uttered these famous last words. My question – why do politician “take responsibility” for their foolish behavior outside the legislative chambers, but fail to do so when it comes to their behavior inside these same chambers.
My take – our political leaders are completely disconnected from the reality you and I know.
Everyday each of us is called upon to take responsibility for our words, our actions and our behavior. Our opportunity lies in our ability to deliver on the promise of “taking responsibility”. When times are tough, when the canyon between our opinion and the one of our neighbor seems to large, we owe it to ourselves to engage in a meaningful conversation and not walk away.
Through conversation … knowledge is shared, life happens and finds meaning.
Think about the biggest challenge you have right now with a friend or with a co-worker. Make it your priority today, or in the next few days, to schedule a time to meet with that individual to discuss the friction that exist between the two of you. Don’t retreat, roll up your sleeve and “take responsibility” today to engage in a meaningful conversation that will lead to a resolution of your issue.
You and I have the power to do that. We have the power to build community.
Go ahead, try it. You might be surprised …