This was a good week. In fact, I’d say it was a very good week. There were some downs, like shoveling snow, but there were some ups, like watching my dogs play in the snow. They had a blast! But there was little that made me say, “I need to post this as my smile!” So I will do something a little different.
This week my smile was voting.
My guess is most people in the United States and quite a few people outside of the US know that this is a presidential election year. They might also know that yesterday was the New Hampshire primary, the second election in the process and the first primary. Living in New Hampshire I did my civic duty and voted.
Ignore the three ring circus of this year’s primary and think about what is happening. We, in this country, have a right to vote for our leaders. There are major problems with the system. Votes are influenced by money. Often less than 10% of the people vote in primaries and these people are usually the extreme sides of their parties, so when general elections come along we often have a choice between two very extreme candidates. People don’t feel truly represented.
Instead of complaining about the process, do something about it and vote every chance you get. Get all of your friends and family to vote in every primary, even the off year ones. Those are the most important! People in the US often brag about our democracy and yet we have one of the poorest voting records in the world.
First you need to educate yourself on the candidate and the issues. I am very, very surprised at how little most people know about the issues they are screaming about. Don’t listen to the rhetoric, open your mind and do your research! You are powerful, but if you form opinions from TV ads, well, there is something very wrong going on.
And then vote.
I have voted in every election, every primary, every local vote, every chance possible that I’ve been able to for at least 20 years. I feel it is my duty. But it is also my one chance to be powerful. I have the same amount of power as any celebrity or billionaire when I am in the voting booth, my pen is just as important. Why do so many not take up that responsibility and throw away that power?
So I smiled when I voted. It doesn’t matter if my candidate won or loss, I did my part.
If you live in a place where you can vote, do it! And perhaps you will smile too :)
So that was my smile. What did you smile about?
So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the linky. While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!