To My Fellow Americans…
To my fellow Americans who are either over-enthusiastic, or devastated, over this recent presidential election.
As my 53rd birthday approached this year, I’ve been watching all the craziness surrounding the elections, and have been reflecting over my several years of voting and watching politics.
This is my 9th presidential election to go through (yes, I even voted in the Reagan years), and I have learned some very important things, personally (and homeschooling my kids helped me to learn more about our political system, than I EVER did in school).
First, is that the the pendulum seems to keep on swinging from one side to the other, on whoever gets elected. A lot of people get tired of the conservatives after awhile, so then they vote liberal. Then, later, vice versa.
Secondly, a large majority of people also have a tendency to vote by their emotions, and emotions are very fickle (also an important reason not to base your beliefs, religion, or spirituality on how, or what, you “feel”).
Also, there are a lot of checks and balances with our 3 branches of government, that things have to go through, before major laws can be changed on the books (Executive orders excepted, but those can also be taken away just about as quickly by the next president, 4 years later).
This country’s founders painstakingly set things up this way, so that it would be very difficult for any one person to become a tyrannical monarch of our country. I have learned not to lose too much sleep over it, one way or the other.
It is certainly ok to be concerned, and politically active, BUT it is definitely not worth harming your health (physically OR mentally) over it, nor your personal relationships.
I know that as long as I have breath, I will wake up the next day, and continue on with my life and responsibilities to my family, and others. I continue to love and care for my family. My church continues to pray for our national leaders on Sunday (no matter who is in the top offices of power), and that only those names (not the prayers themselves) will change after January 20th, 2017. I continue to keep on, keeping on, and try to fully enjoy the joyful little moments I have in this life, and look toward Christ, and the life to come.
I hope this can help someone out there to maintain a little bit of a level perspective, in light of the recent events in our country.