Everything, it seems, is in high gear these days, which explains my absence. I’ve never been involved in politics until now. Steve’s campaign for Denver City Council is going quite well, yet it demands endless hours. The days start earlier and end later, weekends, too, and even when sleeping, we find that the to-do list of people to call, yard signs to deliver, e-mails to send, reminders to note, grows and grows.

weekends, too, and even when sleeping, we find that the to-do list of people to call, yard signs to deliver, e-mails to send, reminders to note, grows and grows.  All this on top of work and kids for both of us, graduate school for me, and the typical drumbeat of life-which (thankfully) never pauses. It’s hard to turn “off” because we’re always “on.”  This hit home for me last week while attempting to purchase a bra at Nordstrom’s.  I should have ordered online since there among the ivory lace and leopard prints I saw not one, not two, not three, but four potential Steve supporters. You can’t exactly dodge such encounters because in politics, everything is an opportunity.

This is true in regular life, too.  You never know what might transpire if you keep your mind open.

Win or lose (and I think WIN), we’re learning a lot from this challenging experience: about the hard work involved in running a grassroots effort, about the willingness and generosity of family, friends and neighbors to lend support, about pulling together as a team, about what it means to place integrity above all else, about what we stand for, what we believe in, about perspective.

In this way, I guess it’s really true: everything is an opportunity.

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