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What will guide your vote?

I’m not quite sure why I feel so passionately engaged in the election now nearing its conclusion here in the United States. After all, I’m not a citizen of this country. I was born in Great Britain, and lived most of my life in Canada, until I moved to Colorado to marry a wonderful woman named JoAnn.

But I do feel passionate about this election and it’s for two reasons.

I love this complex, brutally divided nation called America that is now my home. I love it because despite its many flaws, it tries, it really does try to respect and affirm basic human freedoms and values for its own people and all the rest of the world too.

The other reason I’m so engaged with this election is because I love balance and I love truth.

I love the strong, steadfast, but compassionate nature of truth. I love integrity. I love that timeless, indefinable quality called character.

In the quiet domain of my own heart, I notice when I see and feel “integrity” expressed through the demeanor and words of one of the candidates. I notice when I see something else – expediency perhaps? — revealed.

Nothing is black or white, of course, in this world. There are flaws in each one of us simply because of having been born into this imperfect world.

But when I see a man standing up as best he can for the balance and wholeness of life, and for the aspirations and needs and above all the potential of those he is called to serve, and doing so with a steadfast, dependable spirit, my heart goes out to him.

If I had a vote, I would vote for this man who for me best represents the vision and character called for in these difficult times. As it is, I can only applaud this man and wish him well.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the above. Please write. I send you best wishes and love.

Picture credit:  SeptemberRayne


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