I promised myself I would stay above the political fray this time. It's not that I don't have strong opinions, because I do. It's not that I don't think elections are important. To the contrary as a student of the law I understand the working of the government and importance of elections better than most. My choice to stay out of it was simply a personal one to rise above the negativity and criticism I saw from both sides.
Last night I told myself I would be happy today no matter what the outcome. I would count my blessings and move forward with what I could do within my circle of influence to make my life and that of those around me better.
"Now,...we must do our duty, whatever that duty might be. Peace may be denied for a season. Some of our liberties may be curtailed. We may be inconvenienced. We may even be called on to suffer in one way or another. But God our Eternal Father will watch over this nation and all of the civilized world who look to Him. He has declared, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Ps. 33:12). Our safety lies in repentance. Our strength comes of obedience to the commandments of God. Let us be prayerful. Let us pray for righteousness. Let us pray for the forces of good. Let us reach out to help men and women of goodwill, whatever their religious persuasion and wherever they live. Let us stand firm against evil, both at home and abroad. Let us live worthy of the blessings of heaven, reforming our lives where necessary and looking to Him, the Father of us all. He has said, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us." President Gordon B. Hinckley
With that I'll just say that I'm grateful today for the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I'm grateful for my beautiful family. Grateful for the freedoms I do enjoy as a citizen of this wonderful country.
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin once said ,"Come What May and LOVE it." And while no one loves getting a result of any kind forced upon them, I will not be swallowed into a black hole of shallowness and negativity. I will LOVE my life. I will move forward. And I will do my best to affect change for the better in my own little section of the world.
As the title of the post says "Your Future is as Bright as Your Faith." -Thomas S. Monson.
And right now my faith is brighter than ever.
(And for the cynics in my world who might read this, it doens't matter either way, because according to the Mayans it all ends in 6 weeks ;) .)