TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! CHECK THIS NEW YEAR'S CONTEMPLATION FROM JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR THERESA GARZA RUIZ!!!
Thanks to the MOST AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS we have an important look at one of our most prominent Kansas City politicos is thinking at the outset of the New Year.
To wit . . .
JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR THERESA GARZA RUIZ NOTES THAT SHE ENDURED A TUMULTUOUS YEAR AND HOPES FOR A BIT MORE PROGRESS IN THE COMING DAYS!!!
I've highlighted the text that concerns local politics but kept it all in context regarding the mindset of this Jackson County elected official.
JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR THERESA GARZA RUIZ ON FACEBOOK
One can’t help but to suddenly start looking back on their own year – good and bad – when everyone is posting their own sentiments and reflections about 2012. I have enjoyed reading them throughout the day...
With each passing year, I like to think that I gain a little more insight (and wisdom) related to life’s lessons. Over time, I have become more tolerant of setbacks, and far more resilient when subjected to stressful or trying situations. I have come to see each and every subtle change that takes place in life as being a milestone victory, a way to replace those lost layers with a newfound richness of strength. In a lot of ways, that makes me just like the majority of the women in my family – strong, passionate, and independent.
I am looking forward to my continued service on behalf of the people of Jackson County and anticipate good things to happen as we move forward on addressing budgetary restraints, meeting mandates passed down from Federal and State legislative action, and working toward regional transit. I am greatly appreciative of my colleagues, the County Executive and our biggest asset, the numerous employees who give so much time and energy to making County Government run smoothly and efficiently. I am also looking forward to strengthening old friendships, forging new friendships and growing partnerships in the community.
Along with the dynamic, young Courtney Cole and an incredible group of women, I’m excited about stepping into the role of Fundraising Co-Chair for the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus. Thank you to everyone that elected us to that position. I will continue in my capacity as the Secretary of the Hospital Hill Economic Development Corporation, on the Board of Rainbow Center, KC Workers’ Rights Board, the Learn to Earn Advisory Committee that is a collaborative partnership between the Full Employment Council and KC Chiefs. I am also anticipating a more active role on the KC Museums’ Advisory Board and appreciate Mayor Sly James for the appointment. As I continue in the position of Political Director for Laborers #264, I know that 2013 is going to be a better year for our members and the construction industry.
I am extremely grateful to have such a tremendous support system, as well as their continual love – my family and my friends who feel like family. It is unbelievable that some of these friendships have been lasted since my school days and continue to grow in strength. Friends that put up with your tantrums and breakdowns, talk you through your tendency to over analyze, and have an occasional impromptu afternoon bottle of wine with you are priceless. So, thanks guys! Without my family and friends, the year and our family losses would have been even more difficult to endure. Each and every one of you is a godsend and words can never express the love I feel in my heart for you and the joy that you have brought me over the years.
We cannot control what others say and do, we can only control what we say and do. But, that does not mean that I have not placed unrealistic expectations on others or even some who I believed to be my friends. Life has thrown enough chaos my way this past year, that it made me realize that trying to be all things to all people is futile. Even when you attempt to remain neutral in conflicts and situations, someone manages to drag you into them regardless of reality.
Serenity, laughter, simplicity and knowing that come-what-may, everything happens for a reason. I've moved away from some people who take those things away from me or create drama when no drama needs to exist. “Aha” moments this past year, made me realize that I must stop placing such high expectations on others and, especially, on myself. Downtime is a much-needed function for my family and I’s peace-of-mind and self-contentment. That is why COMPLETENESS is my goal and desire for 2013, and although, it’s not a milestone year or anything, I strongly believe that it promises to be a new phase for my family, friends, community and me. I believe that our ability to maintain a dedicated approach will only get stronger and stronger this year.
Happy New Year to all of you! May each of you find your own Completeness in 2013.