My mom has a few sayings that I think are worth remembering when dealing with others. One is “you get more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Another is “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” Both sayings are more difficult to put into action than one might think, especially when one practices law and is constantly called upon to argue a position. However, when I keep these principles in mind, I find that things usually work out better, even in the toughest of situations.
Recently, there have been some contentious behaviors at public meetings in our town and so I began to think about how to overcome this problem. That’s when I decided to launch my Campaign for Civility. I thought a recent Williamson City Council meeting was a good place for the launch. I had some shirts printed with one of my mother’s sayings (which I recently discovered is actually attributed to a 1950’s businessman) and offered them to a few folks. The response was tremendous and before the meeting had started, I had given all the shirts away. Two members of city council even asked for a shirt.
I am committed to fostering behaviors founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all our community members and to creating a climate that is characterized by respect for each other.
The goal of my campaign is to create an opportunity for people to express their concerns and opinions and work towards solutions of understanding, communication, and respect.
I want to encourage small acts of courtesy, compassion, and respect that would result, over time, in noticeable changes in our town and county. My hope is to make folks aware of the importance civility, integrity, and citizenry that respects all persons.
My mom also says “when you point a finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you.” This campaign is a constant reminder for me, too, not just everyone else.