I got a call from a friend- “Someone just said you were painting your name all over the sidewalks.”
Me: “It’s chalk”
Friend “Ok- bye”.
And of course, while I was evil when I did it in front of City Hall, where they wasted taxpayer money washing it off instead of letting the rain do it’s thing. I was glad to see at Urban Nights- the Dayton Originals campaign copying me.
But, along with the flattery, comes the negativity.
Someone thinks I’m “a horrible person.”
Of course, they didn’t bother to sign their name.
Running for office takes a lot of time, energy and a very thick skin.
I’m flattered someone took the time to express their opinion.
There is a quote that was given to me by a mentor, just as I joined the military. I’ve referred to it once or twice before on this site:
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Writing in chalk on a sidewalk doesn’t really mean much. But, if it got you here to read- then it was all worth it.
Please, comment responsibly and sign your name. Take ownership in your ideas, at least if they are worth expressing.
It’s the way I do things.
And if you think you can do this better- I’ll even help you campaign, as long as you swear off dirty campaign money, political parties and special interest groups, ’cause that’s how I roll.