I love so much, so many things about this country. (Cue Lee Greenwood:)).
I looked out the window while at work today. Bees and butterflies – they were everywhere – pollinating the flowers and vegetables in my garden. I love having fresh vegetables and fruit and am so grateful we have them. I know bees are starting to be around less and less and I would really like to see them stay, so I am voting pro-vegetables-being-around-for-my-grandkids this election.
I love my children. Being the sisters that they are, they disagree at times (okay, a lot). They argue, they slam doors, they work it out. But they don’t make fun of each other and they don’t name-call. They know once names are thrown, the line has been crossed, and it’s bad for everyone. In turn, they don’t bully or meanly tease friends. They’ve learned this because this is what Joe and I and other adults they look up to have taught them, and more importantly, shown them. So this election season, I am voting for kindness.
I love diversity. I love others and I love learning about people who are different from me. We are lucky to live in a melting pot of ethnicities, faiths, and skin colors. This country was founded so that people from all walks of life could come here in the pursuit of liberty. The idea that someone cannot come to this country because of their beliefs is called discrimination – not something I love. So this election, I am voting pro-diversity and inclusion.
I love the feeling of being safe. I love the idea that my children and family are safe. I will forever be grateful to the men and women who have died to make this country safe. I want this feeling for everyone. I have some friends right now who are not feeling safe because of their faith, because of the idea they one day may have to register their name in this country because of it. I remember hearing about that once before. It was in 1939 in Nazi Germany. And again in 1941 in France. Those people did not feel safe and for good reason. So this election cycle, I am voting for safety for all Americans.
I love the rights women have in this country. I am grateful that I can do all of the things my male counterparts can do. Currently, I am especially grateful that I can vote, something I couldn’t have done less than one hundred years ago. I love that my daughters have strong, capable women to look up to and a father who is teaching them skills that used to be reserved just for men. I love that in this country, they are in control of the choices regarding their bodies, without someone punishing them for it. So this fall, I am voting for womens’ rights.
I love Jesus. I love the way he treated everyone around him, including prostitutes, lepers, the poor, and sinners. He invited them in, dined with them, loved them. And even though I will never be on the same level as him, I want to live a life as much like him as I can. A life of empathy, a life of inclusion, and a life of love. A life of not turning people away because of pre-conceived ideas about who they are. And I want my children to do the same. So this fall, I am voting pro-Jesus.
I love working together. I think it is absolutely amazing when two people who disagree can sit down with each other and listen – really listen – to the others’ opinions and feelings and facts, and come to an understanding. It gives me goosebumps when leaders from all over the world can work together to make the planet a better place for all of us. So this fall, I am voting for the leader who will communicate with others.
Most of all, I am voting for hope. I will not let fear win my vote. I will let all of that love I shouted all over the page above fill my heart – and throw it all over the place on election day.
I hope you do the same.