Unless a miracle happens in the next twelve hours, Minnesota’s state government will shut down at tonight at midnight.
For the past 6 months our legislative leaders – on both sides of the isle – have pointed fingers at each other and have held news conference after news conference extolling their approach to solving the issues facing our state. At every turn, each side has been made it a point to vilify the other and to this day, they have nothing to show for it.
All of this this got me thinking. Does it always have to be about getting your way?
We can speak all we want about the tone and tenor of the political discourse in our country but I think the same applies to the various conversations we have in our lives. Whether it’s at home or work; at church or in our community – we often get caught up in the game of pointing fingers and having “it” go our way.
Through conversations, life happens and finds meaning. It will require a paradigm shift but I firmly believe that we can change the tone of our national discourse. It starts with us. It starts with holding ourselves up to a higher standard. It start with choosing to engage in meaningful conversations and exploring the “third alternative.”
Let’s not make the same mistake our political leader make each and every day but having a “my way or the highway” attitude.
Together, we can make “our way” the ultimate goal!!