Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My thoughts on this day

There are some people who will vehemently disagree with me.

To them I say, "by all means, please do."
Because guess what? In America, we're allowed to disagree. We're allowed to have our own opinions, beliefs, and values.
Isn't that great?

But I have to speak the truth--at least the truth based on my own thoughts and feelings.

I'm scared.

True, life is going to go on pretty much as it always has. There's going to be ups and downs, there's going to be changes. Maybe small changes, maybe big ones. But we're still going to get up every morning, we're still going to go about our routine.
But I'm still scared. I feel like the future is uncertain, as well as our freedoms.

I'm sad.

Two good men (yes, I'm going to call them both good men) ran smart campaigns to become the leader of the free world. One, I believe, was the better of the two. Some might call voting for one over the other choosing "the lesser of two evils." I called it "the better of two goods."
I'm not going to try and hide it because at this point, it's obvious that my candidate didn't win. I'm sad because I believed he was the better choice for our country. Some will disagree. I refer you to the top of this post.

I was angry.

I say 'was' because I've let my anger wane. I can't allow myself to react from anger. "Angry people are not always wise." -Jane Austen

I can't help wondering what's going to happen.

And I shouldn't feel that way. No matter who is in office, whatever their political party, I should not be feeling afraid and uncertain. I live in America. Thousands of people died so that I could feel secure in the country I was born in. I sincerely hope that the leaders of our country understand that half of the country is scared, sad, and angry--and I hope they try their best to work hard to remedy it.

In the coming weeks, months, and years, I hope my fears are unfounded.
And I'll pray that those who were chosen to guard the sanctity of our freedoms realize: It isn't about power or popularity. It isn't about debts or doles.
It's about restoring faith in those who are elected to lead and serve.


heather said...

I hear you. Loud and clear.

CSwain said...

I loved this post. Thank you! I feel the same way. I sat in stunned disbelief last night too as I watched my state approve an amendment to legalize a drug that the federal government still says is illegal. I am sad for the direction things are going. I too need to have faith again in those that have been elected to lead our country.The small comfort I have is that I voted. I did my part

Carrie said...

GREAT post Amy! For this first time in any election--I am disappointed. I had no idea I would feel this way because I had the complete understanding that it could go either way and I was fine with both. And yet--I am deeply sad.

A. B. said...

I feel all those things a little bit too but I am also moving forward with faith. Thanks for being real and sharing.

The Crash Test Dummy said...


On a completely unrelated note. I am in Phoenix right now so I caught up on your blog. Congrats on the new baby. That is wonderful. I'm sure Ella is proud. And I'm sorry about your grandma. Happy/sad occasion. Much happier than losing a child.

I want you to know I haven't forgotten about you and I am writing a book about the magic quilt right now. It is almost finished. You and your mom are quoted in it as part of your story. I hope you don't mind. I am also working on the project again, behind the scenes for now and holidng a three week class for my high schoolers in January called The Magic Quilt. Your butterflies will fly one day.

Best Wishes!


Alesha said...

well said.