Why do you do what you do? We are all motivated into action at different times by different things. We all also have an overriding general motivation that guides almost everything we do in our lives.
I know a lot of people who are nurturers and they take care of others in some way in almost everything they do. Others I know are 100% motivated by money. It’s that desire to want to do things that is our motivation.
I have always been motivated to change the world, and make an impact that contributes to the greater good. It’s not money, it’s not fame, it’s creating positive change that motivates me in almost everything I do.
Today, my friend Jonathan Capehart, with the Washington Post, has this story about how the actions that President Bush took in his desire to be re-elected motivated a whole lot of people, including me, to take action. The 2004 effort by Bush to place anti-gay marriage amendments on the ballots in 11 states and his advocacy of the Federal Marriage Amendment is what motivated me to the work I did for a decade after that. Jonathan writes –
A lot of people are responsible for the wave of same-sex weddings sweeping the nation of late. But President George W. Bush and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia deserve a lot more credit than they are given. By attempting to ban gay marriage, the president sparked public debate about marriage equality that ignited a historic backlash. The justice sneered at gay marriage in dissenting opinions, only to see his words used by gay marriage proponents to bolster their own cases and by courts to invalidate laws he thought legally sound.
One of those people who fought back was Jimmy LaSalvia, a gay conservative who started a Log Cabin Republicans chapter in Kentucky in 2004 in response to the anti-gay ballot measure in that state. “All politics is personal, and 2004 was a personal as it gets,” he told me in an e-mail last week.
Read the entire article here.
A lot of people, especially those on the left, have questioned tactics and strategies that I employed in my efforts in the political arena over the last 10 years, but no one should question my motivation. 2004 was what motivated me into action. (So, my critics on the left can blame Bush for that, too!)
Now, civil marriage for gay couples will be soon be legal in every part of the country. That’s made our country better, and I’m very proud of my efforts that helped move us toward that once unimaginable goal.
I’m not done changing the world. My focus and scope of work is evolving, but my motivation is still the same as it’s always been.