I liken the act of voting to breathing. I can’t imagine not wanting to.
I voted early and as I almost skipped out of the court house with happiness I couldn’t help but think of my ancestors who, in their country were denied the right to vote—to have a voice/choice in their destiny. And yes, as a woman, I thought of my female ancestors and how they would have loved to have had their voices heard via the voting booth.
And then I thought about who I was voting for this election: our children. I voted for clean air & water for them. I voted for quality public education and fair living wages. I voted for equality for all genders, races and creeds. I voted for a more peaceful world.
I’m in the midst of reading a book about meditation. I’ll end with this quote (with names from today inserted) from Gandhi that seems fitting:
“If you can’t love __________,say, or ________, start with your wife, or your husband, or your children. Try to put their welfare first and your own last every minute of the day, and let the circle of your love expand from there. As long as you are trying your very best, there can be no question of failure.”