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Mayor's moment: Staying on the path to progress

October 18, 2021 at 12:00 a.m.

Do not be distracted! That is a phrase we all have heard and many of us have stated.

Distraction is defined as a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.

Distractor is defined as 1. one that distracts; 2. A usually plausible but incorrect answer given as a choice in a multiple-choice choice test. What is the distraction, who is the distractor and who is being distracted?

You may ask what these questions have to do with the processes and procedures here in the city, but they are all very relevant. Let's begin with distraction or distractions.

One of the most effective moves against progression is distraction. Note that when you are trying to reach a destination with a limited amount of time you are sure to encounter distractions. In an effort to make the processes and procedures of this city more efficient to and effective for the citizens, distractions have appeared.

The distractors have been on a mission to provide the distractions. They come from many different directions and positions with a variety of platforms. Distractors have one mission and that is to hold your attention long enough to keep you from pursuing your mission. At times distractors are disguised as friends or supporters who slowly begin to reveal themselves. When seeking support to move things forward, distractors have appeared.

The most important concept around setting a goal is that reaching it will be an achievement, not just for you, but for those who assisted and those who will benefit. You must have the courage and tenacity to continue even when you feel like you are all alone and no one really cares. Those are the time when distractions and distractors can distract you. Let those times be few and keep the fuel to sustain you whenever they should come.

I am encouraged those distractions only last for so long and although they are designed in most cases to destroy, their powers are limited. When you take the time to replenish yourself with purpose, positivity and your God given power you will see the distractions for what they are and be grateful that even if they detained you, they could not stop you!

One thing I have learned about distractors is that while they are working hard to distract you and others from progressing, they are not working as hard on their own progress. My prayer is that we recognize that we can do more when we truly work together instead of wasting time distracting others from doing what is beneficial for everyone.

Who is distracted? None of us have the luxury of slowing down to fight senseless battles or as my mother use to say, "run down every lie." Set records straight when you must, keep a smile on your face and push forward and pray that distractors find their own purpose for progression.

I will not be distracted because there is too much at risk. You may not see it the same way as I do, but that is okay. God gave me my portion of the vision to see clearly. He did the same for you. When we all work together to make it happen we will be so grateful that we didn't fall for the distractions!

Veronica Smith-Creer is the Mayor of El Dorado. She can be reached at [email protected]

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