The Pretenders

Talk to everyone you know.   Ask them if they’ve ever pretended to be something or someone they are not, whether they refer back toHalloween, Mardis Gras, or Purim — and  most everyone will say, “Yes, I’ve attended costume balls, gone trick-or-treating and dressed up as someone I’m not.”

So why are our Congressmen and Senators pretending to be our leaders, when what they’d rather do is be adversaries?  Leaders learn to work with and for their constituency, as well as with those persons with whom they do not necessarily see eye to eye.  I am a life coach, not a politician, and there is one thing I do know well, and that is that just as parenting takes compromise, so too does leadership.

We ask that our leaders have convictions, but those convictions must be woven into good leadership policies, laws and more than anything else actions.  

We’ve been waiting for these so-called leaders/pretenders to fashion a compromise budget that will help stave off deeper debt and rebuild the economy, and not only now are we tired of waiting, but we are sad.  It saddens us to see such ineffective leadership, because it reminds us of our childhood, when we argued about everything, from who gets the first piece of cake, to who gets to be captain, to who gets the ball at recess.

Leaders of America, you are not children.  No one gets the ball first because we all must share it together simultaneously.  As a life coach, I ask that you put down your bats, pick up your mits, and start bouncing around ideas that everyone on the Hill and in every part of American can live with.

We are Americans.  We are not pretending to be Americans.  Remember, you are our leaders.  We are counting on you to do the right thing.

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About Gelbart-Jaffe Coaching

Hospice Chaplain and Life Coach Associate Clinical Chaplaincy Certification February 2015. Proficient Life Coach Certification December 2010.
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