Election Day 2020

I am not going to say who I voted for or which side of the fence I tend to lean toward. I just wanted to share some unbiased and neutral thoughts here regarding some pretty serious issues.

This post was written a few weeks in advance of the 2020 elections so, even though you’re reading this today, I have no idea who won the presidential race. And quite honestly, one day after the election, I am going to assume we still don’t know! 

The political fight between Democrats and Republicans this year has been fierce. Some have said, and I tend to agree, that this is the most important election year in the history of our country.

We as a nation have seen positive and negative responses from both sides as we have navigated through the initial Covid-19 outbreak. There has been heightened racial tension resulting in nation-wide protests (and in some areas riots). We’ve had to work to find the best solutions to allow our kids to return to school. Some are calling for the defunding of our police departments.

Then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, the entire northern half of the west coast was on fire! California, Oregon, and Washington are experiencing epic wildfires fueled by high winds and extremely dry conditions resulting in entire towns being destroyed and millions of acres of forest lands lost. 

Each individual state has handled these issues in their own way with their governors doing what they deem is best using the experiences and resources available to them. Our leaders in Washington DC have also worked to come up with a plan for the country based on their own experiences and resources. This has proved to be a real challenge at all levels of government as members from both parties seem to want very different outcomes with neither side willing to give an inch to the other.

If your side won the presidential election, good for you! Congratulations on seeing the country move in the direction you want.

But what if your side didn’t win? How you respond to your party losing says a lot about not only who you are, but it says a lot about the party you represent, or that represents you! Looking back at the previous election I can recall so many negative, angry, and fearful responses to the outcome of that one night. So many people going to the extreme, announcing “He’s not MY president!”. So many families torn apart because “Aunt Betty voted for THAT woman!” or “Cousin Steve voted for the orange-man!”

Thanksgiving that year was very different for many people, and for some it still is. All because of a difference in opinion on who should be our president. 

Whoever winds up residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the next 4 years, let’s all take a deep breath and be thankful that we have the freedom to decide who that is – even if it isn’t who YOU would choose! Let’s be thankful that we have the freedom to decide who runs our state and local governments.

Let’s be thankful that we have the freedom to voice our opinions on platforms like this and on other social media outlets and let’s remember to be KIND and LOVING with our words and actions. Spreading negativity and hate only brings more of that into your life. Start each day with a positive, grateful attitude and spread more of that!

Let’s spend the next 4 years loving each other and helping each other based on the fact that we are all human and we are all trying to live our best lives, not on who we voted for. Because really, in the big picture, living in the United Sates of America is pretty sweet! We have freedoms and opportunities not found anywhere else. 

Am I thrilled with the political state of our country? You will never know the answer to that because I choose to live my life focused on the possibilities rather than the road blocks. I suggest you do the same.

Here’s to continued health and happiness for you and your circle!

Thoughts shared by Kris

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