Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
Hello. It’s been awhile. But today is Election Day, and I need to give you an important message.
This election has been a pitiful showcase of American democracy and represents an inevitable byproduct of a two party system rotting from the inside out over the last 30 years. Today it all comes to a head: two individuals who are the two most disliked candidates ever on the ballot by any of the major parties.
But at its core, this election should be a refreshing reminder to all of us.
This election is the culmination of years of small, terrible decisions by a select few in party leadership, preying politicians in search of private interest instead of public good, and individuals with unlimited resources insuring and ensuring their own financial benefit.
If there’s one thing to take away from this election, it’s that a handful of people can indeed make a difference.
And that means that we all have the same potential. But we don’t have to try and tackle a broken national political system today – no, today we should start making a difference closer to home.
It starts with your family, your relationships, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers, and the people you come in contact with. It starts with making a determined and purposeful decision to always make room in your heart and your life for others. It starts with communicating more clearly with those around you. It starts by listening when others communicate with you.
And from your home, it grows to your community. Positive change in a community begins with a mindset that the intentions and views of the person next to you are not only valid, but are a part of the vibrant landscape of your Main Street. Positive change in a community starts from a place of selflessness. Creating a better future within in your community for not only for your children, but also for the children of your enemy, nosey neighbor, or stubborn mayor is where the root of change exists.
So regardless of the emotional results of tonight’s election, don’t fret long about the seemingly insurmountable task of fixing a system of government going through its next wave of growing pains, but rather use the emotion as fuel for your own positive change.
No one is asking you to change the world. You just have to change your world.
Happy voting everyone.