Election Day

I used to be somewhat of a political junkie, as I watched multiple newscasts each day and read the newspaper. Politics both intrigued me and appalled me. When the latter became greater than the former, I began to detach from politics, but not the political process itself. Today, I exercised my right to vote, and in doing so, regardless of the election results, I already have much to be grateful for on this first Tuesday in November:

I am thankful for my Government teacher, who taught me as a senior in high school that voting is our duty, not only our right and privilege. Because of him, I learned to be an informed voter.

I am thankful that the ballot I cast this morning kept my 33 year voting streak alive. I voted with my conscience and my heart, and I tried to be part of the solution, as opposed to the problem.

I am thankful that the distance to, and the time spent at, the polls were safe and convenient. Not everyone is able to cast their vote without the threat of violence or the need to travel great distances, so, I am grateful that I am able to vote so easily.

I am thankful for every person who fought for my right to vote and for all those who continue to safeguard the rights, privileges, and freedoms of our country. Let us not allow their sacrifices to be in vain.

I am thankful that there are citizens willing to toss their hats into the political arena. I cannot imagine putting myself under the scrutiny of the public eye and trying to maintain my integrity and decorum in the face of political pressure and derision, but I am grateful that there are people who are willing to run for office.

May the best candidates prevail, and may we all work together for the good of our communities, our country, and the world we all share.

Just one thing each day. . .

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