Blog Post #497 Elections

Coaching for Life Success:  Election!!

https://psychcentral.com/blog/healing-after-the-election/

Today is the national election day.  Three thoughts:

1 Hurray, it is over

2 Time to move on

3 Heal and get well

Some have said this has been a nasty campaign and election (for a mid-term election that is).  If you watch any television – the ads have been hot and heavy. If you have an address (and who doesn’t) – you have also gotten glossy mail from the candidates.  And – you probably have had phone calls (or in-most-cases – robocalls) telling you about their candidate.

While it is a bit ‘tongue-in-cheek’, the real winners in almost every election are the media outlets.  The local ABC channel (which I seem to prefer for the weather person), has had a barrage of commercials for the various candidates.  Some of the ads are good – such as the incumbents telling the audience about the good things they have done in the office. Some of the ads are bad – such as my opponents isn’t fit to be dogcatcher.  My opponent is for opening our borders to all people – drug cartels, criminals, and people who are going to a drag on our economy. (except the ads are pretty negative). I’ve heard the analysts say that negative ads do attract a good number of people.  If I don’t vote for person A, I’m going to get a terrible jerk, lowlife, <term>. But, that will be over soon.

Time to move on.  With almost every event in our life, there is a time to move on.  You might have been a finalist for a job/position you really wanted – and you didn’t get it – time to move on; your team lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs – time to move on; you or your candidate were ‘robbed’ – there could have been election fraud, the Russians must have interfered – time to move on.

And, finally – heal and get well.  It is what it is. The election is over, the voters have voted.  Maybe if more seniors had voted it would have gone the other way; maybe in more college students had voted, my candidate would have won; maybe if it hadn’t of rained and been so miserable today, more voters would have come out.  As they say (whoever ‘they’ are), life is not fair – get over it. Crying ‘unfair’ is not a good response. Get over it.

In my seventy-one years (of course, I couldn’t vote in my early years), I think I’ve learned that pendulums do swing; in the next election (or the one after that), the political power will swing again.  

I am reminded of a Bible version – 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  Do we take time to pray for those in authority – from politicians (governors, presidents, senators, representatives – to mayors, city council members, and so many more).

Bury the hatchet and let’s all work together.  We have been getting too divided = it is time to heal, a time for ‘statesmen’ and not ‘politicians’.  

Let’s move forward.

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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