How can I write anything but the election? That’s all anyone is thinking about.

Two sides appeared this morning. The Obama side may feel all is right with the world, that they were given hope and change, and enjoying the historic event. They feel they have "won." They will no longer have to worry about their mortgage or their job being shipped overseas. They may think America’s standing on the world stage will improve. They are excited about this charismatic, solid leader.

The other side may feel disgruntled with this election. Media bias, an economic crisis blamed only on one side of the electorate, distortion of records, and an unpopular president all going against one candidate. They may be concerned about a job disappearing when taxes are raised on business owners or being attacked to test an untested new president.

I remember one election not that long ago where people said the election was "stolen." They never did try to work with the White House in a bi-partisan way. Congress spent 8 years getting nothing done.

Both canditates ran saying they were bi-partisan and would work with the other side. Let’s hope it is true.

But, at the same time we need to stop depending on government to save us. we don’t need to cede all our power to who is in Congress and the White House.

How can we do that?

  • Get involved in local politics. That is where the real change happens.
  • Save more of your income by not eating out, cutting unecessary expenses like huge cable bills. and making it automatic.
  • Quit buying everything on credit, assuming you will make more money in the future. Do what your grandparents did and save for things.
  • Be fiscally responsible. Even if the government can’t, we can.
  • Have more than one income stream. Get a side job, start freelancing on a hobby, invest in passive income.
  • Upgrade your skills. If you are in a shaky industry take a class in something else, just in case. Improve the skills you use now so you are more indispensable.
  • Don’t buy a huge house you can’t afford. I’m not saying you need a Tiny House, but the bigger your house, the more stuff you need to buy. And too many times, a big house is to show off to others. But, if you have to work 80 hours a week to afford it, you aren’t living there much anyway.
  • Buy local to help local businesses. Many will not make it through this recession without your support.
  • Take positive action instead of constantly worrying and fearing which leaves you exhausted. If the election didn’t go your way, don’t get caught up in how our country will go to pot.
  • Don’t get sucked into too much negative news. Have a media fast once in awhile. Give yourself a limit to how much news you will watch, listen to or visit online.
  • Remember what you do have. You probably still have more than your parents and grandparents. Practice gratitude.
  • Take care of yourself – exercise, eat right, sleep and journal your worries away.
  • Grow a garden next summer. That gives yourself some self-sufficient food.
  • Update your resume. You don’t have to assume the worst to be prepared.
  • Pay down your debt.
  • Buy locally grown food. You become more of a community when you get to know the growers, plus it’s better for the environment.
  • Help others. If we see a need, we can do something about it. We don’t have to wait for the government.
  • Save for your retirement. Social security may or may not be there. So start saving early.
  • Supplement a bad education with other activities and learning. Help your children develop character. Get involved in your schools.
  • Work for what you want, don’t wait for it to be handed to you. Don’t like where you are, what you do, how much you make? Do something different until you find out what works for you.

I want my children to see that possibility doesn’t depend on who is in office. You have the power to create change!

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3 comments

  • John

    Nice post.

    I have seen this every election cycle and it seems to get worse each go around. People think the party in power in Washington is the source of their happiness and success. The president isn’t God or even Santa Claus. The “right” person in Washington isn’t going to solve your personal problems and the “wrong” person isn’t going to make them worse. You are key to your own success and happiness.

    I wish I could add to your list, but I think you about covered it. I’m the first to admit last night didn’t go quite how I would’ve liked. But I had a family to say “goodnight” to, I had clothes to wear this morning, and a good job I needed to report to at 8 AM. Yes, I have daily struggles, but I have had struggles of every magnitude over several presidential administrations. I’ve had even more joys in that time frame.

  • Susan

    Great list. If I did more of the items on the list, and others took more responsibility for their stuff, we would live in a better USA.

    A smart political party would campaign on more of these things. You are right, we are the change. Each one of us.

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