The apparent binary division of our political system is evident in the red and blue swaths that typically appear on the election maps. (Anger and sadness?) But have you seen there are also maps showing shades of purple arising out of the dust of the very recently over election? People are starting to actively acknowledge, as evidenced by this idea’s birth as a widely spread meme, that the binary does not exist. We are not divided, just arranged on a spectrum of beliefs. (Of course with this being said the spectrum is not linear at all – but for the sake of simple understanding let’s go with it.)
With the closeness of this year’s presidential election I heard an outpouring of emotion connected with being on the ‘right’ side and wanting to win. Some threatened moving to another country if their candidate didn’t win, an idea that Jet Blue turned into a marketing idea. Others sank into fear and despair at a projected future that in all likelihood will not happen.
Beyond election day, no matter who leads this nation, I will wake up in the morning and try to make the world a better place. While the identity of our president certainly matters, I also place great value on my personal power to influence and impact the world around me. In my opinion I have as much responsibility as Washington DC does to help my community thrive.
Because of this I feel excitement at the coming of each day, even if it might be challenging. On Election day this year, I felt empowered as I walked up to the high school where I would be casting my ballot. I felt grateful to the cop who helped to guide that massive volumes of people through the beyond capacity parking lot. I felt honored that I have the right and privilege to vote. Yes, I even cried (twice.)
It is great that we have the opportunity each November to take the time to think through our values and our desires for our community. While unduly influenced by advertising, it is beneficial to examine ballot issues and answer the question – What matters to you?
I seek to answer that question for myself every day through my work and actions. I hope and suspect you do as well. This is important: You have the power and the ability to create the world you choose around you. Washington, DC is an outside influence and while potentially potent, will remain an outside influence. Take steps to make the world around you what you want it to be.
Finally, the most important thing to remember is to go into each day and make your decisions based on love. Doing this will invite more love into your life and ease the burden of any challenge. Just as dark is an absence of light, fear is an absence of love. You are loved. You are love.
Now go on. Be yourself. Take on challenges, and make miracles! No one else is going to be able to do what you can based on your life’s experiences. The Earth needs all of us to get out of the mess we are in.