Some time ago, I heard the following story: A patient was worried about an upcoming operation and asked the doctor, “Will I be okay?” The surgeon responded, “Don’t worry, it’s a simple procedure.” “I know it’s simple, but I just need to know, when the operation is over, will my heart still pump blood? Also, will my brain still function, will my lungs produce oxygen, and will my liver work?” “Of course,” responded the doctor, “but if I run into trouble, would you prioritize those for me?”
Often, everyone is faced with making difficult decisions and prioritizing competing demands in their lives. It takes courage to not let fear and public opinion be the defining factors in the decision-making process. Doing the right thing for the right reason is a key ingredient in good leadership. I’ve been around long enough to know that the definition of what is right is based upon the experiences we have had in life. This is what makes it difficult to bring people together in a common cause such as becoming ONE NORTH OGDEN. However, we will continue to strive to do so.
Recent events in the world have caused many to pause and ask, “What will the future look like, and how do I prioritize things?” These are the same questions being asked by city leadership and staff as they address the competing demands of a growing city. There is no crystal ball available to provide answers to very difficult situations. Those who you have elected to serve and who are employed by the city are not being idle or indifferent, but they are exploring many different alternatives to do what is right for the long-term viability of our community. Patience will really be a virtue as we all work together in developing solutions to the challenges we are currently facing. I implore our citizens to understand that they can make a positive difference as they do things for the right reason.
Yogi Berra said, “The future isn’t what it used to be.” Things will be different in the future! I am convinced that being obsessed with the past and focusing just on the present will not lead us into the future. There are many things that need our immediate attention. However, as we contemplate what the future may bring, I can make this prediction: the heart of our community will continue to beat strong, the brain power of our community will produce amazing results, and the city’s essential services (oxygen and liver function) will be better than ever. Let’s make it our priority to work together and become a stronger close-knit community.
Have a great start to the summer!