Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Thoughts on Voting...
On my way to the local polling place, I was really struck with the wonder of what was happening.
Now, I am not new to voting, I have been doing it for several decades (did I say decades?...ouch) but this morning I was unusually awed by the experience.
First, I was humbled by the very fact that I had the freedom to vote. It is really amazing that I...plain old me....could walk in and have my say on people that will hold a great deal of power and cast a vote yes or no on some heady issues...I got to do that. But more importantly, I was awed by the very fact that I could do it without fear. I had freedom from fear...not a single concern for my own safety. I was able to make my stand without one thought of retribution or punishment going in or out of the polling station. It is a freedom I know I have taken for granted so many times, but not this time. This time I thought of all those in the world that have never, and will never know, that kind of freedom.
Also, I can't even contemplate MY freedom without saying a prayer of thanks for all the men and women that have made and continue to make great sacrifices (and especially those who paid the ultimate price). There are so many that have fought to insure that I could vote. I pray that my children will always know this freedom.
When I entered the polling place, it was different than in years past (in non-presidental years, that is ) in that there were long, long lines! I was so surprised and so very pleased. It was thrilling to see so many of my fellow citizens standing in the cold, waiting patiently to vote...peacefully. What a wonderful sight! I know some folks may struggle with patience if they arrive to vote and have to wait in line, but not me. I was honored to wait and would gladly have waited longer....for this Freedom.