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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Why Do I Get Involved In The First Place?

One of the most challenging things you can do is to try to take an issue that is important to you and translate it in a way to make others care about the issue themselves.

Harder still is convincing elected officials to understand and care about your issue in a way that they don't view you as self-interested.

Even harder is enduring the attacks people will make on you for trying to make a difference.

It leads many to ask, "why do you bother getting involved in the first place?"

To which I would say, you tell me what makes more sense:

Trying to make a difference on something that matters to you, or

Doing absolutely nothing and assuming it will all work out how you want it to in the end?

Consider it a healthy distrust of government. Consider it a realization that I know more about the issues that matter to me than the average elected official. Consider it a belief that we are part of a Republic, and I believe it's our duty to get involved.  

Whatever you want to consider it, consider first what you are leaving on the table if you don't take steps to protect the things that matter to you.

And then realize. You got involved when something mattered to you, the question really is - 

"Do you have the commitment to see the things that matter to you through?"