I work in an area where many people have opposing viewpoints and I work with people who either agree or agree to disagree. This is a good thing. It reminds me the world will go on and most people are just as frustrated as I am by our choices and the hostility in our current political climate. I also am reminded everyday of the dogs and cats I work with who have no clue as to the partisanship around them and just display loyalty and friendship. I'm not suggesting we should send our politicians to the dogs, but it restores my memory of what life is like with simplicity and without partisanship.
This election does matter. It's important that everyone votes and understands the consequences, but should you be getting anxious and worried consider doing the following:
- Know that as faith-filled people, "Jesus I Trust In You," can lower your blood pressure and remind you, render on to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Think what you will about either political leader, but either way, we aren't living in the time of Nero's Circus and the Roman Emperors.
- Read a little about the Founding Fathers. They may not have had e-mail, but their scandals and drama was every bit as scary as ours. Even Alexander Hamilton had a rather racy sex scandal. At least we don't do duels anymore. This was also a time when we were still known as "The American Experiment". At least with over 200 years worth of corrupt politicians, we know that our democracy has been through it before.
- Consider turning off the TV and going for a walk. Sometimes it's good to get outside, smell the fresh air, watch the autumn leaves and think of America as a simple idyllic land.
- Drink some wine, or hot chocolate, or whatever warm (or cold) drink that makes you happy and be grateful for the little things.
- Think about how we are blessed. Sure, we have politicians who we wouldn't want our kids to look up to. I'm grateful that I don't have to explain everything in the news to my son. With liars and language that even my thirty-something self doesn't like it can get rough. I listened to Francesca Battistelli's song, "This Is The Stuff" on my way home tonight. If you haven't listened to it, give it a try. It talks about losing your keys and all sorts of other stuff that is a regular occurrence in many people's busy lives. It talks about, "this is the stuff that gets under my skin". It also ultimately comes out with the message, "when I'm in the middle of this little mess it reminds me exactly how much I'm blessed." Yes, no one wants to deal with all the politics right now. November 8th (or November 9th if you are the other party, you know republicans and democrats vote on different days, right? Just kidding...) can't come soon enough. But we all need to remember, we are blessed to live in a country where we can vote, where both sexes and all ideologies vote and no matter all the dirty tricks and other tactics, we actually do live in a democracy. Take advantage of it. Vote and most importantly pray. Pray for unity and peace.