Dear Association Members and Friends,
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)
January 2018 marks my third anniversary as President of the Association of Inspectors General, and the 10 year anniversary of my being appointed Louisiana State Inspector General. It has been and continues to be a true honor to serve in both capacities. It has been an amazing ride with peaks and valleys. Like all Inspectors General, I have had to fight some hard battles. As I have said many times, the Inspector General business is not for the faint of heart. It requires a thick skin and a steely resolve. It often requires us to re-fight the same battles year after year, which can be exhausting and, frankly, discouraging. We as Inspectors General do the job because it is the right thing to do — because it is our duty. But in doing that duty, we must avoid the great peril of succumbing to “battle fatigue.”
As we welcome another new year, I want to encourage everyone to consider each new day as a new opportunity, a chance to do something great. Remember that you are fighting the good fight, and you need strength and endurance for the long haul. Reach out to friends in the IG community who know what you are going through. They are the best source of encouragement and, of course, a second opinion. And always remember to press on, no matter what.