Sunday, September 9, 2012

Inspiration Trumps Hate forn Election 2012: Choose Kindness

Have you heard?  It's election season.  Unless you've been living in a cave, you've heard a little something about the candidates running for President of the United States, to be decided November 6, 2012. 

Over the last two weeks, folks for either side of the aisle have had their rock star moments during the respective Republican and Democratic Conventions.  I know I did!  There is something fantastic about standing in your living room three nights in a row, talking to your television, cheering in unison with the crowd on the screen, posting your reactions on your favorite social networks, crying during all of the emotional, heart-tugging moments, high-fiving your spouse, and feeling like you play a real part in deciding who will be the next Commander In Chief.

Wouldn't it be amazing if we could ride this wave of optimism and skip all of the negative ads, hate-speech, and devisiveness?  If we all took the euphoric feelings of optimism and directed it toward one goal?  Sound too much like hearts, flowers, puppies and unicorns?

Yeah, I know. 

The point I'm trying to make is that like everything else in our lives, we get to choose.  We choose how we are going to behave over the next couple of months.  Do we want to choose optimism or pessimism?  Do we want to engage in civil discussion, or close our ears and call eachother names? Do we want to cheer for our side or tear down the other?  Do we want to make people feel lousy, or inspire them? 

So here is a call for Mass Euphoria!  Feed the positive energy that steers you toward your candidate.  Shout from the rooftops about all of the good to come. Deny the negative.

For political junkies like me, this is fun stuff!  Enjoy the process, we are sooooo lucky to have it.  Celebrate the little victories along the way and the rise in the polls.  But do it in a way that is right.  Set a good example.  Be respectful. Choose kindness.