You may have noticed that the US is full swing into presidential and other national and local elections. It’s almost possible not to notice. Between radio spots, campaign funding requests, and tacky signs everywhere, it’s hard to ignore.
On top of traditional marketing and campaigning, everyone has a voice on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites too. Because we are less passive online than in person, we tend to be more vocal than we normally would be. When I think of my very best friendships, before Facebook existed, I rarely remember a conversation about politics. It never came up. I liked that.
I understand that voting is important and we are fortunate to have an election process in the United States, but when you think about what is really meaningful in life, politics doesn’t even make the list for most of us. Regardless of who is elected, or not, I’ll still continue to downsize, enjoy quiet mornings on the yoga mat, hike with my husband on the weekends and look forward to hearing about my daughter’s day each evening. I’ll still write with my girlfriends, cuddle my dog and revel in the smell of slow roasted red peppers on pizza night.
I’ve already cast my vote in the elections, but compared to everything else that I vote for in life, it won’t matter much.
If you want your vote to count, to really matter:
- Vote for your health by eating good food, mostly plants.
- Vote for your community by volunteering with local organizations.
- Vote to feed hungry people by giving freely.
- Vote for your friendships by saying “I’m sorry” and “I love you”.
- Vote for your happiness by taking a walk.
- Vote for your children by listening to them.
Your health and happiness is not dependent on who will be sitting in the Oval Office. Policy may change, but you will be ok. Vote with your dollars. Vote with your time. Vote with your heart. Make it count.
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