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I Was Getting Here As Fast As I Could

One of them days that makes me think I have reached the top of the climb. The last year of my life has served me plenty of lemons and I think I may have just finally figured out how to turn them into lemonade.

Woke up late and tired as heck from a late night of campaign finance reporting. Got to work and installed some new memory in a work computer so I could upgrade the operating system. Managed to squeeze in a few surprise appointments and last minute tasks before the big meeting tonight. Not to mention some parts to repair a front end loader arrived a week early. As tired as I was, the work portion day felt like it was productive. Go home, kick back, and relax?

Nope.

There was a vacancy in the CD6 State Executive Committee position to the MNGOP. It was a position I had run for and lost a couple times and been talked out of seeking a couple other times. Our Full Committee met tonight and I was appointed to the unopposed tonight. I’m now the Treasurer and Finance Director along with Stave Vice Chair.

Some have said don’t complain. I know a lot of times I tend to whine. Its not so much as complaining as it is me speaking to me. I’ve gotten a lot of crap over the years about posting so much personal stuff online. I do a lot of it because it is more me speaking to me than it is me whining.

The appointment happened at the beginning of the meeting, and I found myself sort of distracted during the 3 candidate portions. I was thinking back to all I have been through in politics and life the last 10 years. So much has changed, but some things have remained.

I was having trouble reconciling the State Campaign Finance report for CD6. The software is dreadful. Add to the mix having to run a Windows app on a Mac and you triple the angst and effort required. I’ve spent a dozen plus hours in the last few days scouring spreadsheets trying to find the discrepancy. Deadline is Friday for the 2013 year end report so I was under a deadline.

I got home at 10PM after the meeting and opened up the laptop and took another stab at the report. After an hour of having 8 spreadsheets open and comparing this with that…. I got it! Honestly I was really upset I couldn’t report that I had already submitted all of the CD6 reports at our meeting. I worry. I was determined to get it and I did.

But all that isn’t what inspired this post. I looked up from my laptop after submitting the report to an old episode of a TV show that did. After I got the report settled, a 2 minute summary of an episode captured my attention. An old joke my brother used to tell about a speeding ticket and snarky comments to the officer about ‘getting here as fast as I can’ sucked me in and drew my awareness.

Everything happens for a reason. Omnia Causa Fiunt.

My life hasn’t worked out to plan up until now. I’ve done many great things, survived many traumatic events, struggled, flourished, and yet here I am 38 years old and starting all over, but not knowing “why?”.

I know what I want, but sometimes it doesn’t happen on my terms. But tonight I was reminded that all good things come with time. Am I saying that my appointment tonight fixes everything? Nope. I am saying that sometimes you have to try and fail repeatedly. Pick yourself up, sludge on, and keep trying. Keep fighting, and keep doing what you know is right. You’ll fail sometimes, but eventually…… good things will happen.

Bob Saget for pete’s sake.

This post is not about politics. Its about life. When there is something you want, sometimes you have to wait for the right imd and not let other desires distract you affect your other duties. Always strive to be better. Do better, take better care of yourself and those around you. Whether family, friends, or acquaintances.

Everyday a new challenge presents itself. Things don’t go as planned. But every one of those road blocks or detours is an opportunity. Never give up. All good things come with time. Through a series of events today, unrelated, I was reminded of that.

Hang in there folks, the silver lining could be visible tomorrow. God Bless.

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