Welcome to my Blog

Apr 3, 2024 | 0 comments

Hey, It’s Me

OK this is my new BLOG, Better People – Better Governance.

Welcome. It’s good to meet you.

Hopefully you’ve read the other pages on our website so you have an idea of who I am and what’s going on. And hopefully, if you have not yet done so, you’ll decide to read the story about my family’s journey that started in July of 2012, when my son Luke was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Our story will give you great insight about me, what I believe, and on how we can make things run better. I’m confident you’ll enjoy the read. There’s hope and inspiration, and thanks to Abby and Wallis Kriss, lots of laughs.

Anyway, on my first post and given that you may have not yet read our story, I wanted to let you inside my head a little bit. You and I might not agree on everything, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about living better, happier and more satisfying, fulfilling lives. Despite all the obstacles in the way, we can do it. And it’s not that hard.

In the USA today much of the quality of our lives, and to an ever-increasing degree, is being dictated and impacted by others. However, this need not be for we, as free-minded individuals, can choose to thrive despite the forces working against us. We can dictate the quality of our own lives based on the way we choose to live and the quality of the thoughts we choose to think.

But this is easier said than done. It takes effort and purpose to thrive. For most consumed with simply surviving during these challenging times, thriving seems out of reach. For most it is simply easier, less time consuming, less energy intensive, and more convenient to let others influence the decisions we make and the thoughts we think.

Thanks, or no, to broadcast and social media, there are plenty of people within our reach anxious to show and tell us what to think and how to live. We can choose to think and live like these ‘influencers’, for better (not usually) or worse (mostly the case). Or not.

Today in 2022 in the USA, fresh on the wave of a global pandemic, our lives are being impacted in ways we have never experienced. The constant barrage of messaging delivered by media and government has brought our society to the brink of historic change. What that change will eventually result in remains to be seen.

Government in the USA is now playing an ever-increasing role in the quality of our lives. When we speak of ‘government’ what are we truly referencing? Arguably it is simply…people. Our laws, our institutions and our societal norms are under enormous pressure to change. And that pressure is coming from people. People we elect with our votes and/or our dollars to govern and influence us.

Assessing whether this call for, and movement towards, tectonic change is good or bad is not the purpose of our story. Our purpose is to bring some light to pragmatic approaches to make government better equipped to contribute to the betterment of its constituents. As a result of societal shifts, if government is to play a more impactful role in our lives, our focus as citizens should be on the quality of the people we elect and trust with those powers.

My story examines the hypothesis of electing better people to improve governance, with the implication that better governance will lead to better lives. Our story is light-hearted, filled with laughter and absurdity, and hopefully inspiration to consider the possibilities and implications of electing ‘better’ people to public office.

Going forward, this BLOG will be a smorgasbord of profiles of people elected to serve in public office, both past and present, who have demonstrated excellence in governance. Hopefully, we will all learn from their accomplishments. And as a result, make better ongoing choices with our votes and our dollars.

We will also BLOG anecdotes from our story and how they relate to the world you live in. Remember, I’m not in your universe. No, thanks to our author, I live in a different universe, one referred to as ‘contemporary fiction’. And since I’m not in your universe, I can meet up with people that have moved on from yours. People that have interesting insights on your world. I look forward to meeting with those individuals and sharing those insights with all of you, my new friends. Thomas Jefferson has already agreed to sit down with me in the near future. It should be interesting to hear his perspectives on the USA of 2022.

Even though were from different universes, it doesn’t mean we can’t connect at some level. Maybe multiple ones. I’ll be working hard on that.

 JB