A Note of Thank You
There is a Vietnamese proverb that speaks to yesterday’s primary – ” When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.”
I wanted to drop a note of thanks to the many people who laid their special touch on yesterday’s success. I know that there were many thoughts, prayers, and actions that went unnoticed – all mattered in the outcome.
We won with limited dollars and a willingness to hold hard to principles as we pushed away from the political power structure. It worked – sometimes in spite of my best efforts. That means something, because we not only won, but we also won right. Therein is a foundation for independent public service with opportunities to shake things up and redefine the model.
With your help we have cleared the first hurdle. We have a strong foundation for the next steps. In short order we will begin an aggressive campaign that will take full advantage of the time, challenges and opportunities between now and November. Your help will be no less important tomorrow that it was yesterday.
A good place to start? We need to hold as many “meet and greets” throughout WNC as possible over the next few months. If you can get a group together, I will bring my stool and portable microphone and we will have a face to face real world question and answer session that I promise will have your friends, church members, neighbors, and others saying, “This man is approaching public service in a new way – he is genuine in his commitment to principle over politics, party, power, or popularity – I want to help”.
Again, please accept my thanks. We did not win a prize last night – we assumed a responsibility – a responsibility that I intend, with your good help, to embrace with a full heart. I am reminded of words of wisdom from Shakespeare on gratitude that seem very real today, “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
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