Many Americans seem to be in a post-election high or a post-election funk. Although this may be true, let’s address those living here and now, not living in yesterday’s results or tomorrow’s hopes. After all, you and I cannot control the past or the future. The present is all we have.
Is it appropriate to celebrate victory? Yes, of course, it is. However, depending on your viewpoint, there is still a country to run or a country to save. Doing today’s work while it is still today matters. It’s the stuff success is made of. What’s not going to play well is to go into a funk, thinking all is lost. Resting on laurels is equally bad.
Post Election Caution
So, for all Americans who are on a post-election high, caution. Remember that your opposition was once in your position. Yet, for all who are in a funk, consider the following happenings:
- My neighborhood hasn’t put up Christmas lights or decorations outside in years. I was one of a few houses that did. This year, lots of neighbors have gone all out. The neighborhood is “lit up like a Christmas tree” (pun intended). It seems like people want to celebrate something. If this is a microcosm of what is happening in the USA, I presume Americans are tired of the constant drumbeat of fear. Remember that Christmas is a traditional American holiday, regardless of religious affiliation. Plenty of Rudolphs and Santas dot the landscape, as well as angels and manger scenes.
- Neighbors are helping neighbors. They are still helping Floridians suffering from hurricanes a couple of months ago. Severe weather damage occurs, and Americans don’t ask your party. They go to work to assist whenever and wherever they can. Other countries marvel at Americans and how they step up to meet challenges.
- The House and Senate are staffing up (or down) for the changes in the 118th Congress that begins in January 2023. Regardless of what you or I think, the mere fact that we are witnessing the peaceful transition of power is a miracle. Walk around the globe in your mind. Check out what is going on in South America and the Middle East. Don’t forget Asia. We are blessed, fortunate, and to be envied, indeed.
- While some think America is going downhill for good, there are election integrity committees in places you wouldn’t believe. I attended two of those meetings, having served as a poll watcher. I was amazed that people respected the flag and honored the Creator courteously and reverently. Also, the committee wasn’t out to waste anyone’s valuable time. If such committees are being held in my state, they are being held elsewhere, too. But you won’t hear about it because it is not negative news. https://civicsandcitizenship.org/dont-fear-the-election-process/
Given these points, I am still aware of the growing evil around us. I think liberty demands vigilance, just as our forefathers warned us. The present is all we have. This is why doing today what we can while we can is a healthy way to approach the post-election season in American life.
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