The examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes.
I've done a lot of that during this pursuit of the Maine House seat. I often look back and wonder why I do or did certain things in my life and most of the time, it comes down to conviction.
In my early life, I was bullied and beaten down to where I had no convictions, I had no idea of my worth to the world. As I grew past that point I finally learned my value, and made a commitment that what happened before could not be changed, but what happened afterwards could be. So I changed and became what I am today, a person who knows that if I put my mind in the right place, I can do anything.
I just spent 15 hours sitting in a chair in front of the new Hannafords supermarket so that I could be the first customer to walk through the door. That's conviction! Some may think it foolish, but I did what I set out to do. I made a commitment. I met some very nice people during that time, mostly employees and executives. They were very gracious and treated me well, with respect of my dedication to being first. And I thank them for that!
But my whole point to this exercise was to stand for what I believe, and that is believing in myself!
I believe in people, even times when I shouldn't. People can change if they want to, it takes INTROSPECTION! Look at yourself. Is this the best that I can be? If not, try changing in small ways. you will find it refreshing.
I spent my life helping others, maybe not as much as I should have, but helping none the less. And I'm proud of that.
If I win this election, hopefully it will be because others see the good in me. If I don't, it will not stop me or prevent me from still living my life in a good way and continuing my fight for fairness in how we deal with others.
We are in very dangerous territory right now, whether you choose to believe that or not. Many of you will, but many won't. I can't change that, unless I can show by example what IS right, which I will continue to do.
Thanks to all who read this, may peace be with you!