I’ve been very busy since the election. Transitioning into the presidency hasn’t been as smooth as I would have liked. The more I dig into things, the more I see how much work there is to do and how much it’s been neglected by others. I’ve had trouble making contact with a certain portion of the council, while the rest… Maybe it’s because my style of leadership is just so different than the Suresha’s…or maybe the active councilors grew complacent with the relative inactivity of the alliance? Maybe a bit of both, I’m not sure. I want to get the gears turning and put IPI back into motion again but feel like I’m meeting resistance at every turn.
Njal tells me being in a situation like this is like getting a garden going again after it’s gone fallow. Before anything new can be planted, the weeds and rocks must first be pulled and cast away. This is dirty, hard labor and the more hands that dig into it, the faster the soil will be ready and the seeds will flourish. I thought it was a good analogy and as the newcomer I don’t mind pitching in alongside the councilors to get things done. I’d like them to see I’m not just here to point my finger and give orders.
My enthusiasm hasn’t been all that well-received. Layla in particular continues to be hostile and I’m frustrated by our lack of progress. I spend more time defending myself to her, almost as if I have to justify my existence as the duly-elected president, than actually doing anything productive. Bataav has been caught in the middle between us and we’re all frazzled. Well. Bataav and I are frazzled. Layla almost seems to enjoy the infighting. It becomes difficult to face out to the public with confidence when I wonder if I might get stabbed in the back if I turn away for too long.
To get this off our minds and spend some time to ourselves, Bataav and I made the trek to hisec for the Impetus holoreel convention. I also hope the break will have given Layla a chance to reflect so that when we all return to the council in the next few days we can start off on the right foot.