The elections are drawing nearer every day, and I’m very nervous. Will you respect me if I vote my conscience and it’s different than what yours says? I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do, and you are going to do the same. I’d expect nothing less!
I’m ok with that, but are you?
Some of my friends and family members are very vocal about their political choices, but I remain silent. I think we all want the same thing (or pretty much, anyway) but we sometimes, a lot of times, have very different ideas about how to get these things done.
And I don’t like to talk about it because I’m afraid we won’t walk away from it and still be friends.
People say they will be, but then they also say things like “As long as what you do/how you vote doesn’t affect my way of life we’re cool.” But don’t they realize that in their political choices and activities (assuming that they are the opposite of yours), they’re doing the exact thing they’ve asked you not to? How is that fair? How can we ask that of each other?
I think a word that has gotten lost in the fray is compromise. Give and take. In the world, not of the world. You can’t have everything you want and I can’t have everything I want, so we’ll both get a little and (hopefully) be satisfied. With the realization that we can’t have everything we want, I hope we will each get enough of what we need and let go of the rest.
So this election season, I wish you enough.