Following Your Dream

texas-nyan-oTrue to my Texas roots, I have always listened to country music. Two of my long-time favorite artists are Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, so I was ecstatic to receive tickets to Garth’s World Tour as a Christmas gift from my thoughtful husband this year.

Surrounded by swarms of country music fans in the great city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, I was reminded of the beauty of country music. It’s not just the easy harmonies or the sound of the string instruments that make me love this genre – it’s the stories. From the cowboy ballad to country pop, each song tells a story. The songs can make you laugh; they can make you cry; and they can inspire you to do better.

When I began my career in city management, I was constantly asked if I liked my job. My response was always that I love this field because I feel like I am helping people and every day is different. Years later, I realize that the constantly changing myriad of tasks, community issues, and critical service needs that arise daily make it hard for the leaders in local government to stay focused on the overall leadership of the organization. Some days you do not try to make anything better – you just try to get to the end of the day. Some days you do not accomplish a single thing. Some days are twelve steps back from the previous day.

In The River, Garth Brooks compares being a dreamer to a river. Read through two verses of this song below and think of the leadership of your organization. Baby steps are sometimes needed or there might be a huge “road block” that you have to overcome. However, you should not give up on pushing the dreams. I hope it inspires you to continue to follow your dream for your organization.

You know a dream is like a river
Ever changin’ as it flows
And a dreamer’s just a vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what’s behind you
And never knowing what’s in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores…and

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
‘Til what we put off ’til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don’t you sit upon the shoreline
And say you’re satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide…yes


Written by:
Katie Corder
Executive Search Manager

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