After getting a little hot under the collar about criticism towards my favorite candidate for U.S. Vice President (sorry about that), I realized that an election year is the perfect time to work on my patience.
Reading the newspaper and on-line news accounts of the party conventions gets me all stirred up. But because I want to be an informed voter, I can’t just stick my head in the sand and vote irresponsibly. I’m also finding that I can’t really engage in too much political opinion blog reading and responding. (It’s the responding part that gets me into trouble.)
Here’s what I can do as a person who is trying to overcome an impatience problem – quit complaining and do something.
By writing about Gov. Palin’s selection, I voiced my opinions and views. I’m going to allow others to do the same and allow everyone their own opinion. (This is a bit hard for me, as I was raised in a family where much discussion took place until we were of the same opinion – usually my dad’s.) I can remind myself that unlike facts, opinions aren’t a right or wrong proposition.
Also, I can do more to become politically active. I’m a supporter of the county-wide library movement here in my home area, something that my town representatives ought to know. I believe that rich counties in Utah shouldn’t get more education funding than poorer counties. If government is going to fund education, it ought to do it equally. I’ll be writing my state representatives to voice my concern on this issue. On a national scale, I can do a better job of corresponding with those representing me. I can also become informed on issues.
Most importantly, I can do something within my circle of influence to improve America. I’d like to think that this blog helps mothers find perspective and persevere in raising tomorrow’s active citizens. If I really believe that less government is best, I can do more to support non-profit organizations that work to solve our country’s most pervasive social ills. I can influence my children and other youth I know to get an education, value hard work, strive to improve themselves and find happiness and contentment in life.
Being patient doesn’t mean being apathetic. It means doing all that you can and then living peacefully with the results.