Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Take My Challenge ...



This month's "Scrapbooking from the Inside Out" kit club them is GRATITUDE; and one of our current threads is to mention something that you are grateful for. After returning from voting; I wrote "I'm grateful for the chance to make a change and the possibility of promise." And not to toot my own horn; but I thought that was kind of eloquent and profound - OK, I'm tooting; I know - but I really thought that these were ideas worth sharing - ESPECIALLY today.
I woke up at my usual 415am and I worked for a half hour before leaving to vote. I waited in line and was 19th to cast my ballot. I felt a great sense of satisfaction and an even bigger sense of hope. I am hoping that this country makes the choices that will lead to changes that will benefit the majority and put us little guys back on track to pursue our American Dreams. I am fearful that bigotry and fear will prevail. I am fearful that uninformed, voters will cast ballots or that people will make decisions based on "The worst thing that they have heard about one candidate." You know what - No one is perfect. I am supporting Obama and have I heard stories and opinions that are cause for concern - absolutely; but I have heard more of these types of stories about McCain / Palin and I would truly abhor the idea of Sarah Palin becoming our President; god forbid McClain was elected and died. I am imploring you to think of this scenario if for any reason you are undecided about how to vote.
With that said, I am VERY late for work; but I felt that it was SO important to share these ideas with you; that I'm willing to work late today so that I can get this out.
At this point I want to issue a challenge. It is one that I have already taken myself today, in a number of different ways and the challenge is "DO something that scares you a little. Step out of your comfort zone and take a leap. Do something that is going to promote change for the better in your life. Even if it is the smallest step." Now I'm sure that you're wondering where this is coming from, so please remember this is "The Bumpy Ride;" you know I come out of left field ALL THE TIME. But here it is. DO you think that 35 years ago, little Barack Obama believed that he was going to be President of the United States of America in 2009? My guess is probably not. How many chances do you think he had to take to get to this point in his career? And even if he doesn't win today, I guarantee that he is all the better for the journey. His life will never be the same; and he will not give up. These are things that I believe whole heatedly; and I would like to encourage you to follow his example and do something to promote yourself today. Dwell in the possibility of who you can become and take your first step today, or your second or fifty ninth - just don't live in fear.
So what have I done? Well, step one, I voted. I would have voted no matter what, but I had to find my new voting place today and I HATE going places that I haven't been before. It makes me very anxious; but I did it (and I didn't even take my Xanax.) Step 2, I wrote this blog, instead of working;because it is my passion and what I hope to parlay into my full time career; but also against my bettter judgment because I have come to believe that my readers enjoy the funny, Paige telling crazy stories about her life more than they do my opinions and theories on "The greater good;" but I'm taking a chance that you'll see the benefit in these words and suggestions and believe in how much I WANT for you all. So go ahead; take my challenge and let me know what and how you do. I'm sure you'll be glad you did.
Till next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING



4 comments:

LORI said...

I LOVE THE QUOTE--"DWELL IN POSSIBILITY"! AS ONE NATION UNDER GOD I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT WHOEVER WINS THIS ELECTION SHOULD HAVE OUR UNDIVIDED SUPPORT AS A NATION, AND THAT WE SHOULD COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A PLACE THAT PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN AND ENCOURAGES THE EDUCATION OF ALL CITIZENS. DIVIDED WE FALL, UNITED WE STAND...'NUF SAID!

Not yet Legal! said...

AMEN SISTAH!!!! I voted and as I was filling out my ballot, I was dwelling in possibility - the possibility that I will be able to afford gas AND groceries on the same pay period this term!!!

Rachel said...

Dissent is essential to the functioning of a democratic society (small d); I hope everyone who reads this will think about how our country was founded by people who came to escape religious tyrrany, and remember that standing up and speaking out when we don't agree is critical to growth. And not just for ourselves...I still remember Obama's speech at the 2004 Dem Convention when he said, about each of us, 'I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper'. Each of us is responsible for the other...that is a community...

tealeblue said...

I was so proud to vote, and to be an American it gave me goosebumps...