A lot of times, my Friday inspiration posts come from someone (or a group of someones) doing great things in CLE. This week’s dose of inspiration comes from the opposite end of the spectrum. The CLE interwebs were abuzz this week with the launch of a blog called CLE+Sucks. For some background on the author of CLE+Sucks, George Nemeth, check out this Cleveland.com article.
CLE+Sucks centers itself around the idea that CLE has genuine problems. And that those that champion CLE – called “rabid cheerleaders and cupcakes” – do nothing to help the city or fix the problems. I don’t think anyone disagrees with strengthening and improving Cleveland; with promoting economic growth and development; with revitalizing neighborhoods and fixing schools. Even the rabid cheerleaders and cupcakes understand there’s work to be done.
There are those who see a city with flaws and check out on that city. The second time I moved away from CLE had a lot to do with buying into the “CLE+Sucks” message – with believing the spin that there’s not enough opportunity, not enough growth, not enough excitement…just not enough. And it took awhile for me to disengage from that spin.
And then there are those who would rather celebrate the good in the city, while simultanaeously rolling up their sleeves and working to make the city stronger. Rabid cheerleaders. Cupcakes. Passionately optimistic CLE-ers. People who see both that which is good and that which can be improved. Our glasses aren’t rose-colored. But they aren’t dark either.
CLE+Sucks gave me a renewed dose of inspiration this week – to keep loving CLE, to see the positives and negatives, to work to strengthen both. Have a great weekend! Do something inspriational!
And on a completely rabid cheerleader/cupcake note, thanks to all of you who are taking the Why CLE? challenge. I love reading the tweets and blog posts and can’t wait to see what new answers to Why CLE? we all discover this month. Remember, the winner of the challenge will be announced on June 1.