August 20, 2018
I’ve gotta admit that I enjoy Twitter most of the time.
I probably spend too much of the day scrolling through my feed to stay on top of the latest mind-boggling news out of Washington, pick up political tidbits from around the #txlege, and, most importantly, post pictures of Effie, my really neat granddaughter.
And I love a pithy #hashtag. They’re kinda like the bumper stickers of yesteryear. Today, instead of a bumper sticker that just says, “Vote for Kirk”, you put that plea on the Internet and add a #hashtag. Something like #SmartandOhSoHandsome. (A benefit of hashtags, at least so far, is they haven’t been subject to Politifact analysis.)
Last week, #ShareYourRejections caught my eye, so I decided to join the conversation with my own big, public rejection #AlmostOverIt.
Fresh off a pretty successful tenure as the mayor of Austin #IMHO, I ran for Texas Attorney General in 2002. It was a grueling, hard-fought election and, well, I lost. Wonder what happened to the guy that won that AG race? #HmmWhatWasHisName
I learned from that experience. And it reinforced that life goes on. There will be other opportunities. It also was a reminder that you don’t have to be enemies with those you may disagree with, even sometimes strongly.
Anyway, a lot of new people this year have put themselves on the line to run for public office for the first time. Good for them, even the folks I oppose politically. I appreciate and begin with the assumption that they want to serve and serve well. They take a risk, knowing that half of them will lose. #DoTheMath
I’ve always had a life rule to be biased toward action and don’t fear failure. In fact, there’s value in failure if you don’t become a turtle and pull into a shell #ImNotCriticizingTurtles. Instead, learn from loss or failure and put the lesson to use in the next action.
Really, few things beat a beautiful autumn evening in Zilker Park enjoying the music of a great Austin talent.
It’s time to get tickets. It’ll be a blast.