Integrating is Messy – We are all the ‘Guinea Pigs’ – We are learning through our own existence

I hear a lot of people saying that these are, “the end days” or “the worst time in our history”. 

I disagree.  These are the best of times AND also the end days.

But the end days of what we are collectively not willing to tolerate anymore.  Americans have a lot of tolerance.

Americans have been beyond patient and tolerant of political factions. 

Americans recognize that big business corporations, with a for-profit mission, cannot be allowed to assert, claim, and/or disenfranchise the purpose of Freedom of the Press Constitutional Rights. 

This has created an explosion of “association-in-fact” Racketeering Rings among unscrupulous players on a national, regional, statewide, and local level.

There is big money, grand awards of post-public service contracting, executive positions, board appointments, and non-profit foundation money laundering carrots waved in front of even the most idealistic of public officials. 

Americans have known this and that is why President Trump won in 2016.

Now though, what has changed is that the apathy of the American people is no more.

So, these are the best of times. These are likely the worst of times for the old guard politicians that enjoyed their titles and positional power without anyone expecting them to accomplish anything.

Well the expectation has awoken! The demands for performance will not be overshadowed by the old smoke-in-mirrors games that the political elite has gotten fat and complacent upon.

Manipulating Americans into one pigeon-hole or another; or the next one; or back-tracking to the opposite side hoping no one notices just because it is convenient to the agenda of the day is no longer a viable survival mechanism.

I do not care who is compelled to put their heads in the limelight – but they better be prepared for a different set of rules.

Welcome Americans, to the best of times, that includes the end of times.

Let us just embrace the fact that all our messiness of today is a true and positive milestone in America’s history as we integrate all the best each of us has to offer!

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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