This is the month of cooler weather, trees losing their leaves, and scary holidays. It's a time of transition and change. But is the change something to fear or something to anticipate and prepare for? That's something to ponder.
In our country, we are on the cusp of another election. Some of us receive our ballots early so that we can vote by mail. In this time of decision-making, are we acting out of fear or avoidance, or are we participating in positive action?
It seems that our times are shifting away from the normal and the comfortable. With difficult and complex problems facing our society, the different approaches to solving them can be stark. Is your candidate offering superficial ideas, blaming others (especially minority ethnic groups), or trying to control you with fear-based ideas? Or is your candidate acknowledging that these problems are complex and will need all of us to solve them? Do you feel afraid or empowered when you hear the candidate talk?
So, in this time of decision-making, I would invite you to empower yourself and take action. Vote for those who support positive change that would help the least powerful. Do not vote for those who invoke fear or lies or paranoia. Opt for those who recognize that we are all in this together and we need to work together to protect what we hold most dear: our freedom.
So, if you are called as a citizen to vote, please do. This is important. Do not count on others to do it for you. Every voice counts. Even yours. Even mine. Please vote.