Taking a Call

Posted on Friday, Feb 17, 2017

At the Austin capitol, many calls are taken. As an intern you get the privilege to hear the constituents’ calls expressing persistence. Life can easily become tiresome. Yet by listening to the numerous calls that roll in, you can come to a few conclusions. The first is that email lists work; they work very well. The second is the danger of misinformation and the impact that has on a public opinion that is highly malleable. And lastly, the ability to empathize and understand that though the information may be construed; the heart is usually in the right place.

Yet as I navigate this internship another type of “call” becomes very clear, that of a calling. Senator Hughes and the staff that surrounds him demonstrate this to the fullest extent. The light heartedness of the office accompanied with the experience and dedication to their constituency reflects a family more than an office. This transforms work into a vocation in which long hours are acceptable, not because you are made to, but because you want to. To understand that you get to work with men and women that know so much and stay very humble is nothing short of a faith driven life. The humility that comes from this office rooted in something greater than one person’s ambition for power or the perpetuation of a political ideology gives more meaning to public service than most get to see.

Everyone must answer a call of some kind. Whether that be public service, serving your faith, or serving your country, all hold true if the heart behind the action maintains a genuineness of purpose.  Though I do not know if I have found mine, I have found people who have which provides a silver lining that fosters hope. But until I find my calling, phone calls will have to do.

Matthew Murdoch
Office of State Senator Bryan Hughes
Austin, Texas