by Skip Blancett, Mayor of Salado
“There are few villages like Salado. It marches to a different drum that is difficult to put your-arms-around,” said a new resident recently. “Why?”
Perhaps, more than most villages, towns, and cities, we are equally composed of left and right brain citizens. If you are left brain, you are saying, “that’s ridiculous.” If you are right brain, you saying, “makes sense.”
Left Brain Person – you love the familiar and predictable; digest information piece by piece with sequential logic; grammar, spelling, punctuation are more important than the story; realistic; linear/strategic thinker that enjoys making and following rules; uncomfortable with new ideas, challenges, and surprises; shine in jobs that are routine and worst when a crisis occurs that requires creative thinking; and always asks the question, “why?”
Right Brain Person – intuitive; visual memory of pictures; dislikes written/verbal directions; masters larger concepts and backfills with information; good at juggling and doing several things at once; constant motion; minimal need for rules; loves color, free spirit, highly competitive; outspoken; embraces new challenges and ideas; natural at art, music, or problem solving; can see things in the “mind’s eye,” and makes it happen; spatial and three-dimensional thinkers; and always asks the question, “Why not?”
Put an equal number of Right and Left brainers in a room and there is conflict, disagreement, and hurt feelings in the beginning . . . . but a desire to understand, reason, compromise, and change self-centered-intent into “what-is-best-for-all” brings forth dynamic happenings.
The French Marshall Lyautey asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected, “the tree is slow-growing and will not reach maturity for a 100- years. Lyautey replied: “In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon.”
It is the season for planting, Salado.