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Message From The Mayor
October 2016Recognizing my soon-to-be retirement, many fellow Palm Coast citizens have asked me to evaluate my years of service to our community...to share with them about some of the things I've learned along the way. My August column in the Palm Coaster newsletter summarized the City's most significant accomplishments over the past 16 years I've served. I thought it would be appropriate for my final column to give you some words of wisdom that I've found to be relevant along the way. Although I claim neither authorship nor ownership of these aphorisms, I believe them to be representative of what my service as Mayor has taught me.
- If everyone liked chocolate ice cream, there wouldn't be enough to go around. This applies to lots of things besides dessert.
- Don't depend too much on validation from conversations with others. Mostly we associate with folks much like ourselves, so what you hear may well be an echo of your own thoughts.
- If you're talking to someone you don't know well, you may well be talking to someone who knows way more about whatever you're talking about than you do.
- Behind every face on the street is a story every bit as interesting and compelling as yours.
- Those who complain the most, accomplish the least.
- An apology carries more weight than an excuse.
- Blame is the favorite pastime of those who dislike responsibility.
- Everyone you meet is better than you at something.
- Problems are rarely as painful as the experience of worrying about them.
- Ignoring the truth does not change the facts.
- Opportunities are never lost; the ones you pass up are usually taken by someone else.
- Being in the majority doesn't mean you're right; it just means that you're part of a group that thinks alike.
- If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side
- If you don't care where you're going, it doesn't matter which path you take.
- Even if you're on the right path, you'll get run over if you don't keep moving.