My boss, who is an amazing human, taught me all about public servitude today with a story.
This is how it goes:
There was once a maintenance man who worked in a park. He worked in several parks, but he was always in the same parks every week. People in that neighborhood used to see him every week. They got to know his face. They observed him over multiple weeks. They saw what he was doing.
One day, people started bringing him cookies.
You are a public servant. You work for the good of the public and its wants and needs. You are out in the community. People see you. They know your face. They know what you’re doing; the good parts and the less than ideal parts. Part of our goal as public servants is to build community. You help build that community. You are apart of that community.
Get the cookies.