Monday, May 13, 2013

Post Election Thoughts

Alright, election will be over in about hours and we can almost sigh that sigh of relief. May we all have voted wisely, that is we did vote not driven by tainted motives and unbridled desires.

What makes me afraid though is how many of us will be satisfied with the outcome, leave everything in comfort to the elected officials, and regret after years realizing that the change we were looking did not happen. Will we just wait in idle for another election again?

We exercise our right to choose our leaders by going to poll precincts, and with that right comes responsibility. Election day is not only the time when we can act, but every day beyond and after we can be the masters of change in our society.

After the election process, we need to set aside our personal ideologies and work for that change hand in hand. Sounds like a big idea and tough act but all the possibilities are just at the tip of each of our fingers.

We can make that change in our families, circles, schools, churches, organizations and communities. Wherever we are, we can institute change by doing our parts responsibly. Little as it may seem, these parts comprise the collective change that we want for our nation.

If you are a teacher like me, do not corrupt the time to feed the souls of our hungry children. Or if you are a working in any public office, do not corrupt the money that otherwise would have been be the money of our nation. 

If you are an employee in key agencies, do not corrupt the effort of those who fall in the long line by working lazily. Or if you are a farmer, do not corrupt your self thinking how small your role for without you the country would be hungry.

And let us not forget to watch vigilantly our elected leaders, support them on endeavors that help our society, and hold them accountable for their every action.

We cannot just rest on our laurels for much more needs to be done. As Barack Obama said: Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

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