November 19, 2016, Prescott-
All my life, I have looked towards inclusiveness and unity.
All my life, I have shunned the limelight, or any sort of elitism.
All my life, I have felt it best to not get too close to those in power,
whether the entity be large or small.
I am most comfortable in the background,
and as a result, have chosen to be one who shows up early
and leaves late.
That, ironically, brings two things:
The gratitude of those in power,
and the disdain of those who also might be striving.
This evening, I was given a modicum of recognition
for helping the logistics coordinator of this year’s Hope Fest,
into the wee hours of the morning.
This evening, I stood up, acknowledged the gratitude he expressed,
then faded back into the woodwork.
This evening, I also lost a friend,
for having been singled out, however momentarily.
I remain a foot soldier, though.
It’s a place where I feel secure and competent.