Yesterday, I checked email, looked at facebook, got caught up on internet stuff, and I looked at a political comment made on a site, I won’t mention which one. It started out ok. Then, of course, it turned into personal attacks. I was just about to start tapping in a comment, and caught myself. Hmm. What’s this about? We don’t know these candidates. If you met them, you don’t know them – you just met them PERIOD. So, why the personal remarks? You may have an impression of someone, but that’s not knowing them.
It made me think, again. What in this speaks to me? Well, it’s about that ‘person I want to be’ thing. What do I want out of a president, a leader? Honor, courage, wisdom, patience, compassion. And, on my part, the recognition that a person can possess those qualities, and they are still human – still have frailties, faults and are subject to making mistakes. Also my responsibility: pay attention to the best of my ability, research and understand issues important to self and others, and choose the one I feel best qualifies to address those concerns. I don’t need to argue, or force my opinion, I have the right to read, listen and vote – those will do. Things that I am passionate about, I can give money or time; I can volunteer; I can be creative in my ways of expressing support. And, still I don’t have to call anyone names, degrade or abuse anyone’s reputation – I will make a difference and pass on something better. What affects one area of your life, encroaches on others.
As always, thanks for stopping by. May your needs be met, may you be the one who meets another’s need. Lilie