Patricia posted the following quote for her writing challenge, and it brought to mind my current state of thoughts. Thanks for hosting and providing the quote.
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker
First I had to look up Alice Walker to see why we might want to address a quote she presented. Ms. Walker won a Pulitzer Prize in literature for "The Color Purple". As an author wanna be, I'm impressed. Now for what this quote means to me:
I've been watching all the debates, news stories and media coverage for the past several months, and I have to say I've become very jaded and uninterested in the current climate of our country. Between the administration and our legislators and our judicial system, nothing seems to be working effectively for our country. I turn off the television news after just a short time of watching, flip off the radio when commentaries come on, and put my hands over my ears when people begin to discuss the primaries.
What sits in the back of my mind, is 'why should I vote'. I can't make a difference, and I have no power to change the course of history. That is really a pretty dumb question for myself, especially in light of Ms. Walker's quote. Voting does make a difference. If everyone walked away from the voting privilege we would soon give up the power of the people. We need to be involved. We need to find the best candidate, even when it looks like we have little to chose from. And then we need to hold our legislators' feet to the fire.
Ms. Walker's quote applies to almost every day of our life. We can dwell on negatives about our place in society, or we can step up and make a difference, whether it be volunteering, working at a job, or just being among friends. And that's what I have to say about the matter. When November gets here, no matter who is running, I'll get out and vote with confidence that God is in control.
Don't forget to find your picture and write your poem or story to link in to Wednesday Wit and Wisdom tomorrow.
Some great stories last week, so be sure to check them out!