It’s Election Day 2012 and I was pretty excited to start the day, this day of change.
In the final stretch, I was reminded of how all things pass away and how all things are made new. No matter who wins this presidential election, I know that at the end of the day, it all comes down to this.
The spirit of America, the spirit of those we love who passed away, and the spirit of humanity is strong. This spirit is the backbone of who we are.
I was excited four years ago, like many others. Today I’m more reflective. A lot has happened in those past four years. Personally and professionally, change happened.
As I drove to the voting poll, I remembered election night four years ago. I remembered how excited people were for Barack Obama. I smiled thinking about my mom telling me she had casted her vote. Mom was excited about Barack Obama too.
Today, my mom is gone. She passed away two years ago.
As I drove to the polling place to cast my vote, I said a prayer for what is to come. I wished mom was here so I could tell her about today’s elections.
The possibility of a new president or the reelection of the current president, it all comes down to today.
Four years ago, I was caring for an ailing parent. I had a great job and my son and his family were living with me. Today I’m an empty-nester and my mom is gone. I lost my great job three weeks following her death. I became one of the many unemployed Americans. After years of caring for mom, then losing her and my job within weeks of each other, I found myself suddenly without any responsibility.
It was the year I spent in the wilderness. Today I found a new job and I’m blessed beyond words. My new employer is wonderful and I work with a great group of people. I found myself joyful again.
After I cast my vote I went home to watch the televised results. I’m interested in what happens just like many others.
On this Election Day 2012, I cast my vote with a prayer. I reflected on the past four years. I still miss mom and I’m praying for a brighter future.