You’ve voted (hooray!). Your civic duty has been fulfilled. You’ve Tweeted, bumper-stickered and status-updated, and your desired candidate may or may not be taking conference calls behind the Resolute Desk in January. But that’s not what matters. What matters is this:
Scrolling through various social media outlets the morning after an election presents an array of emotions: some deflated and frustrated, others empowered, emboldened and relieved. Indeed, there is no short of passion swirling about the Internet today – passion for hope, change, future. And it matters not what president can better deliver those sentiments.
Because we can. We the people.
What if we channeled the same passion and energy we’ve spent on election season into doing good for others? Becoming better people? More patient, kind and compassionate individuals? After all, we waited hours in lines across the country yesterday – without complaint. Can we wait minutes in line at the grocery store with that same attitude?
We’ve walked door-to-door throughout our neighborhoods, flyers in hand. Can we do the same with a casserole for the new mother down the street?
We were five minutes late to the office yesterday because we signed a ballot. Can we be the same tomorrow because we signed a birthday card?
And most of all, we expect our President to lead this country in a way that will bring pride to this nation. Can we expect the same from ourselves?
Yes we can.
(At least I hope.)