Monday, February 22, 2016

You Can Be Happy Regardless Of Who Is Elected

Oh the drama of election season.  I’ve had several friends this week mention how one of the candidates is either going to make their life terrible or great.  People are un-friending friends on social media due to political comments or jokes made.   There was a report of a business that refused service to someone with a t-shirt on for an opposing political party.  People are arguing and loosing sleep over the debates.  There are even those threatening to leave the US if the elections don’t go their way (though famous people have made those threats before and to my knowledge never followed through).

There is one thing I want to say about all this – and it’s not support for a specific candidate.    It’s this – there is NO person who is going to make your life great.  There is NO person that is going to make your life horrible.  (I have to remind myself of this every now and then).  Yes, political leaders have great power and can affect things we really care about.  But haven’t you lived through a term of a politician you didn’t like?  Did you survive? If you’re reading this I’m guessing so.  Did life as you know it stop?  No, it didn’t.  You still were able to enjoy time with friends and loved ones.  You created priceless memories.  You might have even reached important goals or achievements. 

My point is that only you are in charge of your happiness. Isn't that better? Does that mean you just ignore the elections?  No.  I think just the opposite.  You can’t control the outcome but you can control how you contribute to it.  Vote, give money to a candidate,  join groups that support the causes you care about.  I've even been known to participate in marches and protests.  Do whatever you feel you need to do but know that the outcome doesn’t determine your future happiness and our social relationships and connections are more important than our political ones.  If your candidate doesn’t win, life will go on.  You can be happy….you might just have to try a bit harder :-)