Driving home from the grocery this morning (first ever driving experience since surgery) I passed by the gate into our neighborhood Marine Corps Recruit Depot. San Diego’s MCRD is one of only two Marine training bases here in the continental U.S. the other being Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. MCRD is walking distance from our home, just at the base of the hill.
I posted about our neighborhood Marine base shortly after I started blogging. I just popped over to revisit that post. Quite insightful actually. If you have any interest you can check that post out simply by clicking HERE.
Anyhoo, I noticed that the lighted marquee sign over the security booth at the entrance brightly displayed the title of this post. “Don’t Complain …Vote” flashed brightly at me in red, white and blue.
The flashing lights bore their message right into me. I needed to see that. I need to contemplate and digest this profound little message.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the negative. The arguing, the insults, the twisted interpretations, the bias and closed minded attitudes all add up to stress. The stress is spread from one to another through confrontation and resistance. What o what is a beard to do?
A beard can do this: I can decide to focus on what resonates with me. I can speak about the positive points of the issues that I feel are important. I can support the causes and candidates that reflect my values. I can give to those causes and candidates. I can volunteer to support these campaigns for those causes and candidates. I can focus my efforts, energy and time toward the positive of those that I support. I can feel good about working for what I believe. I can vote and encourage others to do the same.
What if instead I choose complain about the causes and candidates I fear? I waste my energy. I cause myself stress. I convey stress and misery to others around me.
I’d much rather work toward what I want than to complain about what I don’t want.
I love my neighborhood Marine base. I’m energized by the message they shared with me today.