Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are winners.
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War
I think most of us agree that certain traits such as courage, integrity and humility are essential for making it through the challenges of a competition while still retaining and maintaining one’s dignity as well as the dignity of one’s fellows.
But quite often, what makes a winner really depends on the situation.
Sometimes, it’s about enduring the challenges over a long legendary course of rugged terrain; while at other times the shorter, less-noteworthy path may lead you to victory.
And sometimes, the winning strategy is about respectfully bowing out of the race, thereby leaving a vacuum to be filled by the perceived main competitor – it’s a strategy I like to refer to as the “victory vacuum”.
I have to say that I’m disappointed Sheryl Rooth took herself off the roster of Ward 4 councillor hopefuls; I’m disappointed because Sheryl brought a different dimension to the race for Ward 4.
As someone with years of involvement in improving the community, Sheryl’s concern and insight into community issues will be sorely missed by other candidates; of course, I’m sure Sheryl will be available to offer advice when it is needed by Ward 4 residents and Londoners in general.
But I honestly don’t think a victory vacuum is needed in Ward 4.
This is my sincere conviction, because I have been hearing from more and more voters how they are simply done with Stephen Orser and his ridiculous political posturing…well, it’s more like contorting, actually.
Mr. Orser has spent eight long years on council, so it’s become very clear to voters that if he hasn’t done much yet to improve the ward’s socio-economic status, he won’t be doing much in the next four years…
Perhaps you may say I’m a naïve newcomer to the political arena, but I’ve been living in this wonderful ward for more than 15 years and have become keenly aware of the sentiment towards Mr. Orser’s buildup of civic sediment.
According to the media and political observers, my candidacy is nothing more than an afterthought.
Maybe that’s because I’m a relative newcomer to this wild world of municipal politics, or perhaps it’s because I lack a community organizer reputation – not that such a reputation always means that much anyways…I can point out plenty of community organizers who enter politics but simply lack the business acumen and ability to deliver under intense pressure.
What’s interesting about me being new on the scene, is that the future – and past – of this country, province and city depend on the hard work and vision of newcomers! (See The London Plan for the significant addition of immigrants to the workforce in the coming years).
Being a newcomer means having a fresh and unadulterated perspective on what can add vitality to the ward, and what additions will simply detract from what’s already good in Ward 4. Moreover, having a lot of experience doesn’t really mean squat, as the academics say, because there’s no one with more political experience in the ward than Stephen Orser…
I applaud Sheryl’s move, because she did what she thought was right for the ward.
Even though I disagree, I believe she has the mark of a true winner.