"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Exercise Our Rights, and Our Civility

Today I am grateful for my husband Darcy, our marriage and our lives together with our family. We met nineteen years ago today and my life has changed in so many positive ways. Thank you Darcy!

Today is Election Day in America. It has been an unprecedented election season and I won't be commenting on it all. I choose to focus on the excitement of living in a democracy and having the opportunity to exercise my right to vote,

I also choose to note the historical nature of this election. There are women alive today, born before 1920 and the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote, who will have the opportunity to vote for a woman for president. If that doesn't strike you as historical, consider it again for a couple minutes.

And I wrap up this post with a poem from my sister Aileen. She has done it again with a writing that is right on the mark. Check out her blog "Poetic License: Poetry and Commentary on Current Events" here.  Following is a poem most fitting for today:

I Voted For . . .

I vote for civility
and kindness
my platform is
decency and respect
I choose to be 
an involved citizen
I elect not
to demonize others
I select media
that is intelligent
and fair
I believe
we are the government
and I vote. 

Thank you Aileen! Kindness. Decency. Respect. Civility. Civic duty. Show it. Share it. Be grateful for it. If we all do the same, there is hope for this great nation moving forward positively.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you picked such a great brother in law. You know I did think about it and how awesome that the women who first gained the right to vote now can finally vote for a woman to be president. This has been a scary time for me and decency and respect have not been a feature of this election. Of course Aileen's poem is a perfect reminder for today. And I vote.

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