I did not realize I had such an ego, until I became a member of City Council. I have got to watch this very carefully.
Here is an example of this: a while ago, I noticed I started reading the paper by first looking if I had been mentioned or quoted. A few time, I have even caught myself at a Council meeting wondering how I could say something that would get me in the news. I am pretty ashamed of those moments.
I don't think this is a healthy or good thing, for me or for my constituents. I have always got to remember that I am really not all that important in the grand scheme of Kamloops. Who is important is the people who elected me and the other members of Council. Who is important is the people who contact me and ask for my assistance in some matter or the other. Actually, every other citizen of Kamloops is more important than a member of Council, in my humble opinion.
As a Council member, I do get invited to a lot of events. I am recognized by masters of ceremony. I get a wonderful gold badge. But, as much as I find this alluring, this is not the important stuff.
I have got to stop caring about the glory, and concentrate more on quietly doing great work.
I promise to try my very best, in this regard.
If you have tried to get your name mentioned in the press since your election, then your efforts have been a success. But unfortunately for you, the news media hasn't been too kind towards you and a lot of the attention on you have been quite negative. It might be prudent for you to seek the assistance of an image consultant.
Posted by: kamloops | May 20, 2006 at 03:39 AM
Can't afford one. I guess I am going to keep using my blog to try to keep me honest.
Posted by: Arjun Singh | May 30, 2006 at 08:47 PM
Simply focus on the issues that got you elected. Save the sizzle for someone else. Keep up the good work.
Posted by: Jason Johnson | June 04, 2006 at 06:05 PM