Have you ever seen someone doing something and said, “You couldn’t pay me enough to do that?”
It might have been someone cleaning an outhouse, pulling a snake from a crawlspace under a mobile home in Florida or giving a political speech. (And not necessarily in that order).
Each of us was born with a purpose, a set of gifts and talents that are unlike any other human on the planet. You are a unique individual, and you matter. It is important that you not do a job that isn’t suited to your gifts, it could kill you. Not just from the danger of the task, but doing work you don’t enjoy can lead to an untimely demise from a heart attack or other ailment. Living out of alignment is a big deal.
So should you do a job for the money alone? In fact someone that I know in a high income job, just moved from one company to another with a slight decrease in pay. Who would do that and why? Why would someone give up a job that paid them more money? Purpose. It is a statistical fact that most people leave their current employment for another position for many reasons, and money is low on that list. Respect, dignity and purpose rank highest. We want to feel that what we are doing with our lives is worthwhile.
So when you see politicians giving themselves, or attempting to give themselves pay increases, it begs the question, “Why did you run for office?”
Are you on the City Council for the monetary compensation? That’s funny, you never see that as a platform do you?
No, you run for elected office as a civic duty. You should be very uncomfortable with the compensation package offered. It should be a financial hardship to be an elected official. You should want to get back to your private sector life as quickly as you can, and leave a vacuum to be filled by your neighbor.
You have in recent meetings seen both the Homer City council and the Kenai Peninsula Borough grapple with their own compensation.
Let’s look to Homer City Councilmen Gus VanDyke; not only is Gus against a pay raise, what you need to know is that Gus refuses the current compensation offered. Gus said he is doing his civic duty and doesn’t want the pay.
Thank you Councilman VanDyke! Elected office is not a career, it’s a privilege.
Time for term limits all around!
Chris Story is a lifelong Alaskan, and broker and owner of Story Real Estate. He is also host of “Alaska Matters Radio,” heard Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on KPEN.
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