Two years ago, my husband and I spent some time in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains in north Georgia. During our stay we discovered this amazing hiking trail leading up to the Amicalola Falls. It is the tallest waterfall in the southeastern United States at 729 feet, with over 600 steps leading to the top! But what is most amazing is that this massive waterfall starts with as very tiny stream pushed through an even narrower space.
As an advocate and consultant, one of the things that always amazes me is how one conversation, one email or one phone call (or one small stream), is the catalyst for creating the waterfall in the legislative process. And that is what motivates me (and hopefully other) advocates to keep going, even when the odds seem stacked against you.
Even if things don’t/didn’t go your way during the legislative session this year, a simple note saying, “Thanks for your service”, or “Welcome home” at its conclusion demonstrates you still respect and want to work with your legislators.
And this my friends is the type of advocacy that is the beginning of the stream, ultimately becoming the waterfall for strengthening a relationship with legislators and leading to your success as an advocate!
Your Partner in Advocacy…Kathy Till
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