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Choose Hope and Vote

Today is election day in America. 

I’ve spoken to many people in the last week who have high anxiety.  This election season has been fraught with tension.  Emotions are running high.  It seems like a lot more is at stake this year, but historians might help put that into perspective.  Voting during the tumultuous 1960’s and during the Civil War was much more strenuous than today. 

Not only do we have the power to vote, we have the power to choose our attitude and the energy we bring today.

Calm or Anxiety

Hope or Despair

One of my favorite comedians is Mel Brooks.  He always seems to have a pulse on the culture.  He says, “Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.”

So, I looked around and found this classic clip from Mel Brooks’ 1977 movie High Anxiety.

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Hilarious, but I think we have had enough anxiety this election season.  Instead, let’s look for hope. 

America, while not perfect, is still a beacon of light to the rest of the world.  The right of each citizen to vote for their local, state, and national leaders is a linchpin that keeps this beautiful experiment in democracy going. 

Dorothy said it best…there’s no place like home.  Here’s a little reminder from Whitney Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl performance – the best rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, in my humble opinion.

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You have choices to make today…

Vote for representation.
Vote with hope, pride, and courage.
Vote with an eye toward the future, and a nod to the past. 

Good luck out there my fellow Americans.  The world is watching.