Here in the United States, we enter Election Week. We choose a new administration. As the world watches, Americans cast their ballots. National and local campaigns rage as we watch messages that divide us and mudslinging where everyone feels a little dirty.
And through all this, why am I celebrating?
I celebrate freedom to choose the next leader of our country. I may like or dislike the outcome of the election, but I revel that I have choice.
And that's really something, isn't it?
Choice frees us….and choice binds us.
Decisions that don't go our way can freeze us like a tongue on a frozen flagpole. Decisions that don't go our way can feel like we're being held back from what we need. And I suppose they do.
And yet, I celebrate freedom.
I have more freedom today than my father, a World War II vet and more than my grandfathers whom both fought in the trenches of World War I.
I asked my father once if there was one value he felt us four siblings did NOT 'get' from him. He paused. Looked off in the distance and almost in a whisper, he said,
This week in honor of my father, I do my patriotic duty by participating in Election Day, choosing the next leader of our country.
I revel in my freedom of expression today.
And if these choices don't go my way, well, so be it. I smile because I live in an unprecedented time in human history when I get to CHOOSE.
Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, educated us about freedom. He said, "The last of human freedoms is the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances."
I may not control the circumstances, but I can ALWAYS choose my attitude.
What will it take to heal humanity?
We heal humanity by accessing our human-ness with a positive attitude and with an intention to create a better world now and for future generations.
We heal humanity by living INTO our legacy.
This week in the United States we have Election Day.
But you know what, EVERY day is Election Day!
Every day you get to choose your attitude and you can enter each day with an intention to heal your slice of the world.