Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A HIGH HONOR: PUBLIC SERVICE

To me, being elected to public office is the highest honor of community service there is. I had the pleasure and honor of being elected twice. There is nothing like public service. Feeling and believing you can make the difference on behalf of your neighbors is profound. I had the opportunity to craft and co-sign legislation that made a difference in my communities.

I had the distinct pleasure as serving as Police Commissioner too. Being an advocate for the men and women who serve our police force was one that I am most proud of. Everyday these brave and courageous men and women put on that Blue uniform and go out to serve and protect. That is admirable.

My commitment to community has been a wide range of services From running a rape crisis hotline, to serving meals to the sick and shut-in with HIV/AIDS, to working with women and families who were safely tucked away because of domestic violence. I have served on various local and national Boards for organizations committed to children issues, family issues and community building issues.

I must say I am most proudest of my commitment to community, church and neighborhood. These are the pillars that sustain me and keep my spirit afloat.

Friday, I will finish posting some of my successes. My life is amazing...extraordinary. It is easy to lose sight of the things that are important as you get caught up in all the things you have done wrong in your life. Sometimes the price you pay is too high...or too too much. The gift is holding your head UP and being present in this moment. There are no do-overs! The past is behind you. We know this, and yet we dwell...get stuck on what was and then turn them into what ifs.

I am celebrating this life and owning my successes as I bear witness to the losses.

13 comments:

flutter said...

YOU are amazing. YOU are extraordinary.

MzTeeJaye said...

You are inspiring!

Kay C, The Quiet Storm said...

My Sister,

You have indeed lead an extraordinary life. Myabe you should do a memoir? If nothing else it will serve as a gift for your children for years to come.

B-More BAP said...

*Waving my hand in admission* @

"The gift is holding your head UP and being present in this moment. There are no do-overs! The past is behind you. "

Motivation @ it's best!

Lovebabz said...

Flutter,
You are indeed amazing and extraordinary!
Thnak you very much!

MzTeeJaye,
I am inpsired by you and your commitment to go after your dreams, even if it requires moving clear across the country!

Kay C, The Quiet Storm
A memoir...hahhhhmmmm

B-More Bap
Hello Sister! I am glad you found something motivating in my post. It is so easy to let our failures and mistakes rule the day. We have to reind ourselves that we are not our worst moments.

clnmike said...

You know your a little too good, lol.

We can use a new mayor down here in Atlanta.

-Q. said...

Babz i think you're my newest hero.. I hope i reach that level of humility.. To be able to serve.. Many of us have the want, but never the drive to have those efforts manifested..

"The gift is holding your head UP and being present in this moment. There are no do-overs! The past is behind you. We know this, and yet we dwell...get stuck on what was and then turn them into what ifs."

I got to hold on to that one right there!!! That was for me.. luv luv babz! -Q.

Lovebabz said...

Clnmike,
Ahh you may want to read my archives! LOL!

Your Mayor in Atlanta is FAB! Come on...work with her...not against her!

Q,
Hey friend, whatever you need for the road, you are welcome to it!
I am glad you found some value in my thoughts.

I love you too Q!

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

well said

Lovebabz said...

Torrance,
Thanks.

Rich said...

Yeah, that final statement said it best. There are no do-overs!

kansasrose said...

Beautiful beautiful! (cheering) A testiment of the strong-good heart of womanhood. Your positive vibe uplifts my spirit today, as I am facing crisis in my own life. My finest, shining hours were spent in community service as a social worker. Your gift of self to other souls can not be diminished. It will stand forever! I love your quote, "there are no do-overs!" Rock it out babz!!!

Love, Jen from Kansas

ps I went back to my old, shut down blog sunflower wine and found you, just wanted to say hi lovebabz!

Lovebabz said...

Thanks Fitzgerald,
I have to remind myself constantly.

Kansasrose,
How nice to hear from you! I was wondering about you! How are you my Sister? I hope what ever the challenges are that you dear one come through with as much grace and love as heaven allows!