ELECTIONS.......ANGER AND HATRED
Hello Again Dear Friends,
Last week as I was jotting down notes for this month's letter a local TV station called and asked if I would like to appear on the show to discuss the often times out of control emotions of this election season. With that confirmation, I'm going to assume I'm hitting on a topic front and center for most of us.
Chastise me if you must, but after the first presidential debate I decided that I was not going to be watching any of the future debates. Because I do value our freedom and the right to vote I will choose a preferred candidate and cast my ballot albeit with some disappointment.
Initially I did have some anger in the choices available, and that out of millions of Americans these are the best candidates available. However after some thought and contemplation I realized just how little the president actually has to do with my overall well being. I looked back over the past 16 years, eight with Bush, the republican, and now 8 with Obama, the democrat. How much has either one really affected me, and how different were they for our country? At least relative to big business, big defense, big food, big pharma, big banking, big insurance, it's been pretty much the same. Small and medium size businesses, along with you and me, may be doing ok, but "BIG" has really prospered under both.
So, is getting angry a good thing? Usually not, especially in large doses, but sometimes a little occasional anger is just what we need to get a little kick in the pants. Getting angry at something can be our jump start for change. Getting a little angry about our jobs, our health, our relationships, our finances, may be just what we need to make a change.
I certainly don't recommend anger on a regular basis, but on occasion it can really be a motivator.
When anger crosses over into hatred is when ALL benefit is lost. Hatred is a toxic poison which never leads to good outcomes. Hatred places us is an out of control emotional state where we will create one personal disaster after another.
THERE IS NO PLACE FOR HATRED IN OUR DAILY LIVES!
As the election nears and emotions run high just step back and ask yourself "Who is in charge and dictates of my personal life experience?" Whenever you turn this personal power over to another, whether a presidential candidate or otherwise, our life seems to spin out of control.
Please remember, use your anger sparingly and act on your desires. If you have or are close to crossing that line into hatred, it's time to retreat and examine who is pulling your strings!
Happy Election Day to all.
With Love and Appreciation