I'm looking forward to continuing in an active role in the community life of our town but with the time to concentrate on a few specific interests of mine.For those worried that this means a lessening of my commitment to my Liberal family and the liberal cause, have no fear.The song was famously sung by Andrea Bocelli who happened to be a favourite of my late father Lance and it's probably as apt a heading to a blog post as any for what in many ways is a bittersweet juncture in my life.Back in 2014, I wrote this blog post on the 10th anniversary of my election to local government which explored those tentative early steps and my progress as a Councillor in Cardigan.Whilst I have enjoyed the challenge and the opportunity to make a positive difference in people's lives in that time, I have now reached the point where I need to take a step back, reflect and gather breath.That doesn't mean that I'm suddenly going to disappear off the face of the planet!While we should not refuse to spend and be spent in the service of our country, it is hazardous to attempt what we feel is beyond our strength to accomplish".Ceredigion County Council is not the United States of America and its HQ at Penmorfa, Aberaeron is certainly not the White House! But for now, in the present, I feel that having spent virtually my entire adult life in the service of others, like Coolidge, I sense that now is the time to reflect and accept that the tank is empty and that I feel as if I have given everything that I have to give in elected office.
' It was Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States who said in his memoirs of the reasoning for his surprise decision not to run for re-election in 1928 that: The Presidential office takes a heavy toll of those who occupy it and those who are dear to them.
To quote Tony Benn on his retirement from the House of Commons, he famously stated that: I can understand fully his feelings when he wrote that comment.
I want to devote more time to politics and to support those who wish to contribute in their own way to civic life.
For those who wish to do good, being elected as a Councillor gives a fantastic opportunity to do so and to put back into the community. It's merely the completion of one chapter and the beginning of another.
But then, help and support can take many forms and I will seek to continue to do my bit for my community, just from a different angle. The last 13 years have been a roller-coaster ride and if I had my time, would I ride it again?
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