When I accepted the nomination for President Elect for this association, I felt a lot of things – first I felt excitement, then apprehension, then fear. After the elections were over, and even though I ran unopposed, I felt these same feelings all over again. But it was thanks to the encouragement of my fellow NALS members that I was sure I wouldn’t have to worry about failing. Just simply rising to the challenge would be accomplishment enough.
I often find myself worrying if I’m doing enough for our association, if I’m reaching the members in a way that provides value or leadership, and I even doubt at times whether I was the right person for the job. But at the end of the day, after I’ve conducted a board or general meeting, after I’ve delivered a box of school supplies which our association helped purchase for kids in need, or after I collapse from fatigue after a golf tournament which helped to raise thousands of dollars for a local charity and for our scholarship program, I have learned to let it be. The sum of our parts are greater than our whole, and the parts of our whole association are great. As long as I maintain my focus on this truth, then my own individual contributions then amount to much more in the grander scheme.