This election year has seemed to be the longest year of my life. The sniping and accusations got very old months ago. I have never been enthralled with the whole political scene and some may criticize me for my lack of interest but I just can’t buy into all the half truths and nastiness that seems to go hand in hand with politics.
I try to make good decisions based on my core beliefs and values. Sometimes it is more difficult to winnow out the truth and the issues that I can align myself with that a certain candidate believes in and supports. But I try.
Chris and I voted weeks ago. No need to watch any more debates. I have blocked all of the political posts on my Facebook feed and have concentrated on the happy posts from friends. It has changed my outlook a lot by just doing that one simple change.
I have many friends who are wrapped up in the whole political scene. I respect their right to be involved. I respect each individual’s right to have their own opinion about the presidential candidates. But I also know that for me the time has come to just step away from the fray.
I have read many articles and pieces by respected people over the past few months concerning the election. Perhaps the most memorable one I have read recently is an article by Max Lucado. You can click here and read the article in its entirety.
Basically what Mr. Lucado writes is that God is in control. He is still present with us. He will never leave us despite who is our elected president. It is our chance to realize and live out the truth that GOD IS SOVEREIGN. God possesses all power. We just need to hold on to the fact that we can get through anything with God’s help.
Is everything perfect in our world? Will everyone be happy with the outcome of the presidential election? NO! But when it all shakes out I keep saying my mantra “the sun always comes up”. God is still there. He has never left us. It is up to each of us to be positive and make a difference in our little corner of the world. One small action can create a ripple of kindness and love.
Glass half full, folks. Glass half full.
While some may think I am choosing to stick my head in the sand I choose to think the opposite . I choose to rise above and keep my head up. I choose to look for the positive and support those who live their lives in a like manner.
And until this election is over I may just don this dress I found from Betabrand.
“In everything God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).
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A good attitude!
I hope so. It is the only way I can get through all of this hoopla!
Just because you make the choice not to discuss something does not mean you are uninformed. It will all work because it always does. However, that dress has real possibilities!
You are correct as always, Katybeth! The dress–right? Perfect for many reasons!
I agree! Thanks for the article! Refreshing and consoling to read!
You are welcome. I do not talk political so this is as close as it gets for me!
I’ve decided not to talk politics with anyone because I’ve been so surprised by some people’s choices. So in order to keep them as friends I don’t engage. But I don’t know how to turn off the political stuff on FB…so I just scroll fast.
I think you have the correct idea, Dawn. And you can hide stuff from your feed by clicking on the faint little arrow down in the right corner of a post. Options come up and you can select which one fits what you want to do. It has made me so happy! 🙂
Thanks Beth. I have always enjoyed politics but for the past few cycles I have decided that it’s up to my kids’ generation to do the “heavy lifting”. They can decide what’s best for our country. I will stick with God as my candidate. I have to say that I have been surprised at how many bloggers are quite strong in their beliefs and so critical of others. Do they really want to alienate their followers?
I agree with your observation about how strong a stand some folks and bloggers are taking on this. I know it is a hot topic and people are passionate about it but some have gone over the edge in my humble opinion. I respect everyone’s right to state their views but sometimes things appear to be a little out of hand. Thanks for your comment–I think you nailed it.
I’ve avoided discussing politics on my blog for the same reasons. I vote, I take part, but I avoid the discussion/bickering.
Fortunately we live in a country where there are many checks and balances to prevent someone from doing any serious damage… we hope! *fingerscrossed*
Christi, I love your outlook and I agree—-the bickering is ridiculous at times but I guess it has always been that way. And I love your optimism in the checks and balances. That is a very good thing to remember. Thank YOU!
Great post and this is so true! It’s sad how social media has caused such a division. You wrote this just when I needed it most. BTW- How about we invest in that dress together and where it with our Clown Car Friends?
I really appreciate this post: Actions based on values and then go on quietly about your business. Refreshing!
I can think of lots of occasions to wear that dress!! LOL Yep, I agree with you on this craziness that is the political arena right now. I can’t wait for this election to be over.
I know! Don’t you love that dress? 🙂
Well said! If you’ve never read it you might be interested in a book called the Harbinger.
Oh thanks for the tip! I haven’t read it. Looking it up now. As if I need another book to read……
Romans 8:28 is my favorite bible verse.
Amen and Amen. Of course being Canadian, I have the luxury of not having as much anxiety about it all as you folks do. My prayers are with each and every voter and the two candidates. I rather feel like all of what is happening, has already been foretold. Which just means – yes! – it’s all apart of God’s master plan.
I know that there is a plan and even though I can not begin to understand everything I have to remember that God is truly in control and the ultimate goal is not an earthly goal but a heavenly home. Once I think about that I realize that what “I” suffer or experience now is nothing compared to so many others. But yet we are all part of the bigger picture, right. So how could I not think that God is in control?