We are in the throes of early voting here in Tennessee. I didn’t realize every state doesn’t have this. I try my best to take advantage of it always because inevitably something happens on election day that interferes with making it to the polls.
I tend to procrastinate. It’s mostly because I’m an introvert by nature and look for reasons to not go anywhere. Too often, super important things like voting for the next president have been waylaid by my eremite ways. So I embrace early voting with vigor and intentionality. It’s not so hard to bundle that all-important activity into a day of errands, because once I make myself get out I’m prone to get it all done. If I’m already inclined, a trip to the polls fits easily in my plans.
Because as much as I hate to leave my house, a bigger pet peeve is someone who complains about things yet never does anything to make a difference. Every vote matters. Wars and competitions have been lost because one person chose not to “show up” for the team. They persuaded themselves that their absence wouldn’t make a difference and chose not to participate.
As the queen of procrastination, I know it takes as much of a decision not to do something as it does to do it. That leaves little room for excuses after the fact. Unless you exist under a rock or in a deep cave, you know that November 3rd is the day we decide who leads the greatest nation in the world. The incredible place we call home. And it’s our civic duty to contribute in this way.
So I pray you’ve got November 3rd circled in red on your calendar. I pray you will intentionally and purposefully make it to the polls on, if not before, that day.
America is depending on you and me to use our voice through the vote.
That’s what’s on my mind.
Be Kind. Love Well.