Act 6. Take Time to Reflect
Members of Congress have such busy schedules that it can be easy for them to lose sight of what public service means. Between hearings, floor votes, committee meetings, fundraising, public appearance, meeting with constituents, and campaigning, there is little time to stop and think. But that is all the more reason to do so. Wise leaders know how important it is to periodically step back and reflect on why they are in office and the values they are committed to bringing to the task.
This could be done as part of a weekend retreat held by a member of Congress towards the beginning of their term of office, along with their staff and a small select group of constituents from both major parties. In addition to time for reflection, the retreat would be an opportunity for the member of Congress to identify legislative priorities, areas of agreement and disagreement among constituents, and strategies to make progress on policy challenges and rebuilding the functioning of our democracy.
The Campaign for Courage is prepared to assist members of Congress to organize such retreats.