Today is the day.
I wish I could end that sentence with the exclamatory exuberance I usually display when I speak and write, but the simple fact is I’m weary.
I’m weary of negativity. I’m weary of trash-talking. I’m weary of back-biting nastiness that benefits no one.
So today, on such a most important day for my country, I choose joy because despite my weariness, I am blessed.
I am blessed to live in a country that allows me to speak my opinion without incarceration or death.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to engage in debate, but hold true to my values and beliefs without fear.
I am blessed to have the privilege to be anything I want to be: student, teacher, mother, wife, author, speaker, entrepreneur.
I am blessed to make eye contact with anyone I meet, to smile and say hello no matter the perceived or actual level of social hierarchy.
I am blessed to live in a place of prosperity. I have all my basic needs met and never find myself walking miles for clean water or sanitized facilities. I don’t sleep on a hard floor. I enjoy the luxuries of a refrigerator, a washer/dryer, and air conditioning in the summer.
I am blessed to stand in a line that wraps around an elementary school building, to have the opportunity to cast my vote for our country’s next leader.
Today I choose joy. 🙂