The facility will also present an online conversation project on the humanities in Oregon next week
January and Monday seem to have a lot in common. January gives you another year to try and do better than you did last year, and Monday gives you a chance to make up for the past week. Perhaps the beginning of the year or week brings the idea of a fresh start.
January and Monday are good times for self-reflection, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and focusing on ways you can do better. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to make decisions and try new ideas in Crook County Parks and Recreation District. Some of them turned out well, while others were not so much. It’s really satisfying when a new idea you’ve tried works. You stand a little taller and bask in the admiration of your peers. When your “great idea” doesn’t work well, it’s a harder situation.
There is always someone who reminds you of how they warned you that this was going to happen and how right they were. It is at those times that qualities such as humility become very important. My opinion is that it is as important to admit when you are wrong as it is to be right. Mistakes are a normal part of life, and the sooner you recognize them, the sooner you can correct yourself and get back on the right track. Honesty is a virtue of utmost value, and being honest with yourself and others is the best way to live. It is much easier to forgive someone who realizes they were wrong than one who arrogantly continues to be dysfunctional.
I often find myself admitting my mistakes to my co-workers whether it was a decision I made or a new strategy I tried to implement that wasn’t too big. I often get a little smirk and nod from my team, and then we can talk about Plan B and move on. Fortunately, I work with nice, kind people and most of the time we give each other the benefit of the doubt.
It is often difficult to see our shortcomings, and true friends help identify each other’s blind spots in a constructive way. Just as in the workplace, I believe this practice of openness and honesty (when it is actually done) works in local government as well. I really appreciate those people who took a few minutes to fill out the surveys at the end of the football and soccer season.
There have been some good feedback that will help us improve not only those programs, but some comments relevant to other programs as well. I also want to open the door to anyone else who might have some constructive criticism or a new idea that they think should be taken into account. We are in planning and brainstorming mode at the moment as we look at what we can offer in the coming months.
Cheers to 2022. Hopefully it’s better than 2021!
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