It feels like an eternity since the most unprecedented, dramatic stir of political events transpired in my lifetime. The tears in the room are clear as day. Coupled with reaffirming hugs, and a few slighted cheers somewhere yonder, there’s no forgetting the closing moments of election night 2016.
The following days were tough to swallow as feelings of angst and a punch to the gut took a while to subside. I asked myself over and over again why this election was so different (beyond the obvious) when everything was in the bag and my job was done. I felt neglected, defeated, and downright betrayed.
Then it hit me like a ton of bricks over a glass ceiling. This election was about me. My values, biased opinions and minimal effort to do the least possible work to secure the ultimate prize. I did my lawful duty as a citizen and that was enough for me.
Moving forward to President Obama’s final speech to the country, he (as always) put it so eloquently the hidden truths that blind us from reality. From the safe zones we live in, to preferred news stations, so much is done without questioning sources or sheer honestly. If it makes us comfortable and aligns with our values then it’s OK.
At no moment did the thought of meeting someone who was undecided cross my mind. Why in the world would I go in the cold to knock on doors? Gas isn’t free.
Various subtleties left me selfish and accustomed to the process that doesn’t encourage us to leave our comfort zones I often speak about. I settled for mediocrity.
Obama says, “Democracy is threatened when we take it for granted.”
Nothing further needs to be said because any gift is threatened when you take it for granted. Whether it’s democracy, your job, or friends or family, it all can be removed instantaneously.
In just over a week The United States of America will have a new president. He’ll serve a term and align himself with the America he sees, much like presidents of the past.
But our job, right here, right now, isn’t merely to hold him, and future presidents accountable for their jobs – it’s to hold ourselves accountable everyday actions!
There’s no rhyme or reason behind fact we benefit from our extended efforts which support going beyond the call of duty and doing more than is required. Results will prove that.
Reminded of all the good, bad, and uncertainty we are faced with every day, that alone should be enough to activate whatever it is in you to do all that you can politically, professionally, and personally. Four years is a reach and tomorrow is a stretch. Exceed your potential and do more than you’ve ever been capable of achieving, today.
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