During the official closing ceremonies for a meeting of the FFA organization, the president states, "As we mingle with others, let us be diligent in labor, just in our dealings, courteous to everyone, and, above all, honest and fair in the game of life." This is a great piece of advice that I try to apply as I approach life's issues from a social and moral position. It emanates from the golden rule of doing to others as we would have them do to us. Even though the issues will be different and sometimes unexpected, my desire is to frame them from this perspective.
As an engineer, I was trained to be a problem solver through an analytical process. The process in its simplest form is sometimes referred to as "problem, plan, arithmetic and answer" and it involves:
* defining the problem by collecting the facts on what is known about the issue
* developing a plan to solve the issue using the data that is known along with all tools, external knowledge, and available expertise related to the issue combined with common sense and judgment based on knowledge and experience.
* performing the necessary work to carry out the plan
* and finally, presenting the answer
This is the way I will approach the issues as a member of the Arkansas Legislature with the desire of being a diligent, just, courteous, honest and fair problem solver.