Because It Matters

”Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.” ~ Sharon Salzberg

I just finished casting my ballot, and will take it to the dropbox in our little rural town on Monday.

A few days ago, I happened to be standing in our post office when a good friend and neighbor walked in. While it is safe to say that we’ve probably never cast our votes for the same candidates or issues, if I needed help anytime of the day or night, he’d be there for me. Another time, I walked into the General Store where he was having a cup of coffee with his buddies, and when he saw me, he stood up and gave me a hug, and then proclaimed “It’s my favorite Democrat!” It’s a short list.

But here’s the thing, we both care about a lot of the same issues and want good things for the world, our country, our little town, and our fellow human beings. We certainly don’t agree on what all of those things are, or how to go about addressing what ails us, but we do agree that there’s a lot that needs fixing.

I don’t know of a person who is happy with the state of our union right now. What I do know, is that it’s going to take all of us to mend what’s broken.

Please vote.

It matters.

Artist: Sally Gilchrist

Artist: Sally Gilchrist