Reflecting. . .

I have to admit that I was trying to be everywhere, and probably not doing a great job of any of it. In case you’ve noticed, I’m taking a break from social media. I’m tired of it. Tired of the occasional rude comment and just tired of the time I’ve been wasting on it.

It started after the SUMA convention when someone took a shot at me on Facebook about a question I asked the Premier and his ministers at the SUMA Convention’s BearPit. This person as far as I can tell was not there and so interpreted it in whatever way that worked for her view, and took a swipe at me in the process. Well, it caught me off guard. At a moment when I was tired and worn-out, I cracked a bit and showed the emotion I often display when I react too quickly. Needless to say, I don’t regret the question I asked at the BearPit and I don’t believe I said anything to the Facebooker who focused on me that was out of line. In fact, I asked her to call me and she never has. This is usually the case when someone says something about me behind my back and is told to call me to discuss it. They never do.

See, that’s what I’ve finally realized about this very faceless and vane world we live in currently. It used to be that if you had an issue with someone the only way to get it “out” was to confront the person or call them on the telephone. Now, everyone is a critic and they hide behind keyboards to try and get their point of view across. And the rudeness ensues, as does the criticism and outright madness sometimes.

People think they know me because I’m a City Councillor. Many people do not know me. They do not know who I am and what I value, cherish and defend. I’m passionate about what I believe in and I stand by what I say. Many people don’t like the decisions and the issues I’ve voted on at Council and so, in their own viewpoint, determine that I’m not a good person. Well, they’re wrong.

I have a quote from Ellen DeGeneres on my personal email signature: “Be kind to one another.”

I believe we need more of this in the world.

I’m moving back into the 80s and 90s for a while. Where we had to talk to one another to find out how we felt about certain issues. I would urge you to do the same; it’s quite liberating. If you want to find me, you can use your cell phone and call me or email at dluhning@moosejaw.ca or luhningd@gmail.com

Have a great Tuesday everyone!