So the 2016 Presidential election starts in less than 24 hours.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for this election to be OVER!!
You can’t turn on the TV or jump on Facebook without being bombarded by political posts.
Someone wrote on Facebook the other day, “I can’t wait for the election to be over so I can like my friends again!”
So many accusations.
So much anger.
And let’s be honest, it comes from both sides.
Are you as sick of it as I am?
Have you been defriended by anyone because of your political stance? Have you defriended anyone?
A friend of mine was defriended by 5 different people this week for stating his political opinion.
5 different people!
And I can’t tell you the number of posts I’ve scanned that have turned into shouting matches, virtual smack-downs of people who don’t agree. Each side is convinced that it’s right, and that the other side is stupid – or racist, or misogynist – for seeing things differently.
But let’s face it – no one’s opinion is going to be changed at this point.
Look, we all have opinions. And part of my mission is to help you dig down deep and discover the core of who you are. To reveal your brilliance and reclaim your worth. To remember the amazing, unique masterpiece you are and gain the confidence to rock the world the way you’re meant to.
Part of living a Radiant Life is knowing that your wants and desires and opinions are just as important as everyone elses’.
And you know what? That means other people are entitled to their opinions, too.
And when you truly know your worth, you don’t need to shout the loudest to make sure your opinion is heard.
I’ve noticed that often – not always, but often – those who shout the loudest are the most desperate to convince you of their point of view. Because their worth is tied into the approval of others.
When you truly know your worth and are confident in who you are, you don’t need others’ approval. You don’t need to prove yourself right. Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business, and they’re none of your concern when you’re secure in who you are.
So, by all means, vote. Exercise your hard-won right to cast your vote for the person you think will be best for the job. (Or, a the very least, who you think will screw up the country the least.)
But understand this:
The 2016 Presidential election does not determine your worth.
So don’t shove your opinion in everyone else’s face. I think I’m going to stay off Facebook most of election day, because, honestly, I just don’t care who my friends vote for. I care who wins, obviously, and I have a strong opinion about it. But I simply don’t want to see any more bashing and fighting about which of these two awful candidates is marginally better than the other. And I don’t need anyone’s approval of my voting choice.
And no matter who wins this election, our nation will have a lot of healing to do.
Let it start with you. And let it start now.
Let’s just give each other space to be themselves and express themselves. We don’t have to bash each other over the head with our opinions.
Because you know that, come Wednesday morning, half of your friends will be celebrating the results of the 2016 Presidential election, and half of them will think it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to this country.
Either way, your worth does not change. Whether the majority of Americans agreed with you or not does not matter. Life will go on, more or less the same.
So know your worth. Keep your Facebook friends. And know when it’s best to just keep your opinions to yourself.