I think I’ll go vote today.
It’s my privilege. My duty. My honor.
Problem is…I don’t think I’m voting for a leader. I’m not voting for someone who I feel will give us all of the answers to all of our problems. But that is exactly what I want, someone who will look for, work towards and be part of-the answer.
I will vote. I will vote for many reasons. Firstly because I am free to vote. And I owe this freedom to thousands and thousands of men and women who have made sure I have this freedom. The obvious are the soldiers who have died over the centuries to get us, give us, and keep for us this freedom. But there are many men and women over those centuries and prior to….who had vision and drive to develop this kind of world. Many of them never getting to see it but none the less believing in it.
They never saw this world, these freedoms. Or, they died believing in them. And yet, today we still have a world full of strife and discontent. But honestly? When has this world not been full of strife and discontent?
I don’t think my vote is going to be a changing factor in that.
But my life, it well could be.
My life and the millions of others living today-we can be part of the millions who came before us who had a vision and lived in such a way that all of our efforts have been a small part of a collective venture:
To live free and live full.
To live responsibly and to live determined.
To live with and for meaning.
The best I can do for my country does not just happen on voting day. It happens every day. I need to work for my well being and my lively hood. Work being defined in many ways: raising a family, parenting children I bring in to this world, earning a living, being respectful of the world around me, working jointly with my partner in the way we decide to live. I need to earn my way. Forge my way. I need to be as independent as possible for myself, and give a little of me to those who need it.
My country, our country, your country, our world is dependent on us to be as independent and forward thinking as possible. This forward thinking will entail us to see things differently in many regards. And at the same time, go back to the way things used to be -in hopes to salvage and repair damage done.
I don’t have any answers to solve the crisis and differences in our world. But for myself I continually look at my little problems and crisis and realize if I cannot find answers to my own dilemmas how do I expect world leaders to come up with answers for world dilemmas. So I look at my problems and realize I should not depend on someone else to find my answers. I need to look for and work for my own answers. I will reach out to my family and friends to assist me, not do for me, though help when offered and needed is appreciated. I will ask questions, gather the information, and do the best I can.
When I vote today I know I’m not going to get an answer to any problems. I’m going to get a president that the majority [sic] has voted for. I expect him to do on a grand scale what we as voters should be doing on a more personal scale. But if I’m not doing it for myself, how can I expect it of him? He will have the responsibility to do two things separately: he can look for answers on a personal level and he needs to look for answers on a national level. In that position (and all political positions) there is a responsibility to find those answers that are best for everyone. Regardless of answers that will best suit him. He is taking on a role greater than himself. I am prayerful that he is up to the task. I hope he looks for answers, asks questions, compiles information and does what is best for the country. Because as president he should not be looking for answers that best suit him. He should be looking for answers that best suit the country.
I hope the best man wins. If he doesn’t, I hope the man who is voted in does a great job of looking for answers. Implementing solutions. And being part of a world of change for the good.
Because they can.