As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that I was actually quite happy to hear that Ms. Regina Romero just got elected as the first Latina Mayor for Tucson, Arizona, USA. Whilst I am still learning about the election processes in the USA , I embraced this happiness. Especially because the representation of the Hispanic/Latino/a/x population matters. And when representation of a specific population segment intersects with gender, in this case Hispanic / Latina (Woman), it goes without saying that the election success is also a marker for history. But as we embrace success and happiness of others, there will always be the nay- sayers, or the ones who become sour. Unfortunate in some cases - it is only natural. As humans we tend to our own survival. When we feel threatened, its natural to want to protect what we love. Sort of going back to the fight and flight responses. But even with this thought in mind, we have to remember that as humans we have evolved. Our initial reactions will settle. This is also where the rational mind comes to play.
As we turn to the working of the mind to understand reaction / response, we must also bear in mind that being in a public position also arrives with responsibility. Putting the desire to serve the public - first and foremost. After all isn't that what / why a person is elected in the first place? To serve and put the interests of all walks of life first? I believe so. But it does make me sad that others cannot embrace anthers happiness, as we ourselves do.
Nevertheless, I think this is an important reminder to understand that a public position is one of responsibility, that of course arises with benefits. Monetary, personal, social and career advancements. But one must also remember the goal of service. If self-gain is the only motive (which it shouldn't be) then what happens to the poorest, those in need, the marginalized - who also desire top-down representation? Something to think about.
It is with these thoughts I would like to congratulate Ms. Regina Romero, first female Latina Mayor. I am proud of the many fellow politicians who have embraced your successful victory. CONGRATULATIONS!!! :)
My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on November 7th, 2019. The above quote is taken from a scholarly article that I am currently reading that I have also cited in previous blog writings. Please see the flooding reference: *Adrian Burgos, Donna Gabaccia, María Cristina García, Matthew Garcia, Kelly Lytle Hernández, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, María E. Montoya, George J. Sánchez, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Paul Spickard, Latino History: An Interchange on Present Realities and Future Prospects, Journal of American History, Volume 97, Issue 2, September 2010, Pages 424–463, https://doi.org/10.1093/jahist/97.2.424