Hi! I was inspired to write this the morning after the election when I opened up my social media accounts. The process is over, the votes have been cast, and the system we have played out, but we are still busy throwing stones. I have to say it has been one of the most painful years to watch from the sidelines as friends and family attacked one another for one of our basic freedoms…the freedom of choice.
Throughout the year, I made a very concentrated effort not to let the ugliness in or even engage in any political conversation. I did like a few social media posts here and there from both sides purely because some of them were quite amusing. No matter what side you were on, your own words resonated with me. I know you from all walks of life, a family who have known me all my life, friends I have found through the church, volunteer groups, school, and work, and those of you I service as clients. For those who tried to engage me, you often found me saying neither option is ideal or I haven’t decided or I don’t discuss politics. Unless I have actually given you a voiced answer, you don’t know who I voted for, do you? I think one of the “golden rules” is never to discuss politics or religion. You know why? No matter what you think or feel, you will always piss at least 50% of the people off or make 50% of the people happy. It’s the law of nature.
So here is my question to you, “If you knew how I voted…..”
If you knew how I voted, would you still sit by me in church?
If you knew how I voted, would you still bowl with me?
If you knew how I voted, would you still sit down to a meal with me?
If you knew how I voted, would you still go out on ladies’ night with me?
If you knew how I voted, would you still sit next to me at a meeting or conference?
If you knew how I voted, would you still use me as your travel consultant?
If you knew how I voted, would you still want to hang out with me?
If you knew how I voted, would I still be me? The me you have known? The me you have laughed with, cried with, fallen with, traveled with, and worked with? Does who I voted for alter you and me?
The change this country needs is within each one of us. Check your reflection. What message are you sending?