ONCE UPON A TIME, I SAID "NEVER AGAIN" BUT...
The day of my noontime appearance at The Pine Buff Rotary Club, I was happy to see a large turnout of members as well as several journalists from the Arkansas media.
Barely into my lively “show and tell” presentation, I noticed a few members glancing at their watches while another longtime Rotarian kept stirring his coffee, his metal spoon loudly clacking against the china cup. A few minutes later, two members began whispering loudly. But, when the Rotarian across from me started snoring---mouth open, eyes closed-- I lost my composure.
I stopped talking, laid my photos on the table, and waited. After a minute or two, wondering why the speaker was suddenly silent… everyone stopped stirring their coffee, whispering, sleeping, nibbling.... and looked in my direction. Silence can be the perfect attention-getter. It was only after the room got completely quiet and every eye was on me, that I choose to speak:
“Why am I standing here telling you about an historic event which took place at Oakland Park….only blocks from your businesses? Why am I showing you photos of the 819 rescue with all the visiting dignitaries, when---as Rotarians and important leaders of this community--you could have been there, should have been there----- but chose not to be?!?!?!
Just moments ago, I realized that the future of the 819 is in jeopardy without strong leadership, the kind of serious leadership that is desperately missing in Pine Bluff.
So…..as of today, I’m announcing my intention to run for Mayor of Pine Bluff. And, if you aren’t careful----I’ll win!"
Of course I lost my bid for Mayor and...just as I feared...the 819's Future died...along with the Town. Yes, I was bitter, frustrated, and angry. Not only because I lost in an unfair, rigged, race but....because I had a solid platform and a flawless plan to save my hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The day the race ended I said "NEVER AGAIN".
Today, I'm convinced that plans are in-place to Take Over America. The plans were conceived long ago and are being initiated by the same Evil I saw in my small-town race. But the Evil has now grown to such gigantic proportions that it encompasses the entire worldwide stage so, after much thought....I've been rethinking the word "NEVER".
Age has never limited my actions or my possibilities. In fact, Age has merely improved my performance. My Experiences have made me stronger and widened my vision. And, my Losses have taught me to lead with my head...not with my heart.
IF YOU KNOW ME--YOU KNOW I BELIEVE IN ACTION RATHER THAN WORDS. AS YOU KNOW, ALL WE HEAR FROM POLITICIANS ARE WORDS, PROMISES, MORE WORDS....SO...
WATCH-OUT WORLD! I'M SERIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT ANOTHER LONG DISTANCE RUN. THIS TIME...I'M THINKING OF A RUN FOR CONGRESS.