Release Your Heroic Spirit
A bumper sticker I saw the other day read "Release Your Heroic Spirit." I think the people I work for at the local level are heroes day in and day out in the work that they do to help our cities and towns run smoothly - very often in collaboration with others - thinking regionally to solve problems locally.
An article in The Colorado Springs Gazette caught my eye in that regard. It describes how so many response agencies coordinated their efforts last summer to fight the horrific Waldo Canyon fire. It is an honest assessment of what worked and what needs improvement.
This type of assessment is so necessary when we have such a wildfire danger in this state; I have a lot of fear for this summer if we don't get more moisture soon. While we have not seen before the likes of such a conflagration directly encroaching upon an urban area as we did last June in the Springs, our state's second largest city, we should be prepared to see it again.
I so admire the response of local governments in the Pikes Peak region, not to mention the residents of the areas affected who have been rebuilding and dealing with the trauma that must surely remain.
The response and the rebuilding demonstrate how we band together as a municipal and local government family with the members of our communities. We don’t operate in silos. When we need each other we operate as one.
That is how municipal leaders release their heroic spirit. How do you release yours?