Engaged and Convicted

I Voted

You may hate the back and forth bantering and debate that an election undoubtedly stirs – directing people to poise themselves against each other on their Facebook walls – in local coffee shops – and on their blogs (I’m curious how many people are ACTUALLY moving to Canada today).

But I don’t. Not at all. I may not agree with what I see – but I respect the hell out of one thing: Conviction.

For anyone who votes – regardless of who they vote for – being an engaged citizen is awesome. Having conviction is awesome.

And while I hate that politics can and does very much divide us – at the end of the day – because of our conviction – because of those who take an active role to be engaged – because we continue to learn and grow, I’m confident that we’ll continue to work – together – to build a stronger, better, more unified nation.

So be engaged…

  • Be engaged with your political beliefs.
  • Be engaged with your faith.
  • Be engaged with your work.
  • Be engaged with understanding.
  • Be engaged with love.
  • Be engaged with each other.

I’ll close with the words Barack Obama closed with last night:

“I believe we can keep the promise of our founding, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.”

Regardless of your beliefs – here’s to being engaged.

Because being a convicted, engaged citizen is awesome.

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Renayle November 7, 2012 at 9:07 am

I totally agree with this. It is so important to be engaged, no matter where you stand. I disliked the negative ads that were running in Illinois, because I think they just take away what really matters, such as job creation. And they make people more divided. But I do hope that people will be more engaged to work with each other. If we are the “United States of America” we need to show that. We need to help one another and bring this country back to the positive.

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Christa November 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

I totally agree with this post. I honestly don’t understand how so many can be so disengaged when it comes to the presidential election. And being engaged isn’t just caring about the election- it’s also doing your research and truly voting for the candidate who’s views best align with yours, not just because s/he is “the other one” or because your friends are voting for him/her. Like Renayle above, I hope we can all work together to create a better America for everyone, regardless of party lines.

Great job and insight!

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Steve November 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This is a difficult one for me. I forget the name of the wise person who wrote that the sign of true intelligence is being able to hold two conflicting thoughts in your head without driving yourself crazy. Being REALLY engaged passionately about your own beliefs while respecting someone else’s beliefs that are 180 degrees from your own sounds great but I wonder what maintaining such respect really says about our engagement to that belief. I can still appreciate the person’s humanity, but if I’m truly engaged, don’t I have to define the other person as wrong which means I’m dividing them from me? I guess I’m just not that intelligent yet…perhaps by next election!

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Dave November 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

Well said, Chevy.

I’m proud to say that this election — despite all the negativity, attack ads & un-informed Facebook-wall bickering — has re-engaged my excitement for the future. The future of this country, and my future role as a part of it.

I always enjoy your perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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