Let’s face it: this has not been a good election season. I don’t have to go into detail. We all know it.
But it’s also not been the greatest period locally either. There have been some angry splits among us. Some faculty don’t trust administration. There have been decades-old friendships that have come asunder. And some staff members have felt totally left out of the discussion as if their contributions somehow don’t matter.
These sorts of things can make us all depressed, out of sorts, and unsure how to proceed to make things better.
I’m a big believer in starting where you are. And right now, as I type this, there is a sign at the circulation desk about a food drive that begins next Tuesday. I suggest we take the first step in coming back together by focusing on this one thing we can do. Let’s make a commitment that our college has never had such a successful food drive. Let’s make sure those boxes are filled to the brim each day.
Will this solve all our problems? No.
Will we still have major issues to work through? Yes.
But it will do two things:
- It will remind us that we can work together despite our differences.
- And it will take our focus off our anger and hurt and redirect it to those who need our help.
And I think it just may be the first step in getting our groove back.