Dig deep. What does it mean to dig deep? President Obama and Mitt Romney know. We saw raw energy at the end of the campaign. Bill Clinton was the poster boy for raw fatigue at the end of his campaign. Knowing they did their best is about the only thing that would allow sleep to come on a night where so much was given and so much is yet to be done. As Obama and Romney fell asleep the night of Monday, November 5th, each had one thing in common besides wanting the same job. They knew the depth of their abilities.
Each of us understands there are issues that divide and separate people and therefore our country. How do we compromise? Maybe the better question to ask how do we bring our country into balance? We hear talk about how each side has failed to compromise. Well, this is one area where each of us has experience. When is the last time you compromised and felt good about it? If you can describe the situation, clearly recount your position and that of the other side, and truly describe the outcome as a win win or no deal, know you have a skill needed now in our country. It will be at the grass roots we bring our country into balance.
We are asked to choose many times a day. Habits chart the course of our day. The more intentional we are about establishing good habits, the more likely we understand the pay off. Good habits are choices we make. When I choose to work too many hours, I know I am not in a good position to bring balance into my relationship with my father. I usually call and let him know I will be late. Good habit. That takes him out of the impact zone. When I finally get home, I blast into the kitchen, heat up the meal de jour, change clothes, and make a reasonable attempt to settle down. Doing this too often is not a good habit and does not create balance in my household.
Do you think it is reasonable to look at balance in our own lives if we want balance in our homes, neighborhoods, in our legislature and in Congress? If we have balance we know it because it is a personal creation. It is important to dig deep and grow our capability and capacity. And humbling to know when to do it and what price we pay if we do it too often.
Take a look at what we all know is coming, big picture, the federal government is cutting more funding to the states. It will have to cut military spending, funding to education and cuts are coming to social programs. New Mexico is vulnerable. Southern New Mexico is really vulnerable. White Sands Missile Range, NASA White Sands Test Facility, New Mexico State University, all vulnerable because of deep cuts by the government projected for these sectors of our economy. This is another form of digging deep.
Our state legislative process will start soon. This year is a 60 day session, starting on January 16th, 2013.
We ask a great deal of New Mexico legislators. Cuts in federal programs will impact our legislative agenda, how we don’t know yet. Yet, each legislator will be asked to deal with these and many other local issues, all it will all be packed into 60 days.
No wonder legislators have a hard time with balance when they live in this environment. It is up to us to lead the way. There are important pieces of legislation being addresses in this next session. One is the Informed Consent legislation regarding protection of companies who work on the Virgin Galactic vehicle. We need balance in getting the Informed Consent legislation dialog fully developed so people in the legislature understand where the benefits are to the state, and what the potential risks are so realistic expectations are embedded into the legislation.
New Mexico State University is beginning to get community input as the search for a President starts in earnest. The Regents have as big a job ahead of them as any legislative body. There are only 5 of them. There are many leaders, elected and appointed, who will be asked to dig deep in the next three months. Let all of us work to provide balance in our interactions with these people. I will dig deep, its balance I am after, not winning.