Saturday, February 1, 2014

SERENITY LOST

Sometimes I feel like Austin Powers in "The Spy That Shagged Me". I can't seem to find my stride, my mojo is gone. My give-a shit meter is uncannily low. Unlike Powers no super villain is responsible, I am.

I once gave a journalist turned political hack turned newspaper owner a flick for complaining about the financial impact that his outspoken criticism of the government has had on his businesses. You made your own bet, you lay in it.

Earlier this week in a retort to a heated exchange on Twitter on the Interim premier's announcement that a three person panel will review Bill 29, I got labeled as a Liberal hack. It was a typical retort when one tries to inject some common sense into a charged partisan exchange.

I was not critical of the early review, it is good news. I did point out a half dozen things the government could change now, without the review to bring balance and accountability to the provinces freedom of information process. In short, if the government was truly sincere about change, they could make substantial adjustments now.

My sparring partner suggested that could not be done, that I was being a political hack and criticizing the government, when I should be praising them.

Now, I have been called a political hack, a liberal, a Tory and a New Democrat because of my stubbornness and issue by issue approach to governance. There are plenty of policies brought forth by governments of all stripes that I have praised, but I continue to question those that are ill-conceived.

It used to be that I valued my independence more than the reality of how things really work. How easily and permanently you can find yourself blacklisted for not being a team player, even when the team is wrong.

My don't give a shit about the repercussions approach to advocacy has evolved into not giving a shit about anything. With every rejection letter, lay-off or dead end, I think, this is my own doing, I made my bed, I am reaping what I sowed.

So I fall back on this prayer, while I neglect my faith.


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr








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