As the presidential election got closer, I found myself bewildered by the comments from others that they would vote for a person based on gender, race, or wealth status. I found that horrifying and quite mystifying to my own beliefs that I hold strong within my own heart space. I have never found myself voting for a person to hold a high office, or for any other position where I was given a voice to vote, by choosing them according to what their skin color depicted or whether they were a certain gender. That concept confuses me to this day that so many choose to judge based on the outside characteristics of someone instead of their inner characteristics of their heart, mind, and soul.
Jeepers, my standards are held high for someone that I may choose as a role model for my children to aspire to be someday or to emulate. That person must hold an incredible height of integrity within their hearts and walk with that integrity every moment of every day, regardless of the situation and tempting choices thrown in their pathways. Life is messy, but holding ones’ integrity as a banner and proudly carrying it the whole path of life is quite admirable. I have known many women and men who carry those flags of integrity humbly and with little fanfare. Yet, they display those qualities over and over and over again without selfishness or resentment.
I have seen men and women with incredible solid integrity walk through trials of life with grace and humility. Their spines are made of steel and their hearts are filled with overflowing love. They speak gently, yet with honesty. They don’t bend the truth to will the world their own way for their own selfish gain. They humbly accept that which has been placed in their path and move forward in life after the fire has died down. They are the ones you see comforting others even through their own times of grief and sadness. They are the ones telling honest, straight answers that aren’t always well-received, but are words that are needed to be stated. And, they are the ones who lift others up through words and actions of their own choosing, without monetary gains, to keep the hope and dreams of another to continue to be woven into a glorious life.
These men and women are the strong walking among us, who have hearts, hands, and words of healing. They move through their own lives with integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion, and love without recompense.
My choices for this election were not the choices I would have liked. But, when I look ahead to the future of my life and the lives of my children and their future children, I know in my heart that I had to use my voice through a vote that does not take away from my integrity and my heart love.
I had to make a choice not based on gender, skin color, or wealth status. I had to make a choice that gives my children a role model with a strong spine for holding up the weight of the stresses of the world right now, a heart filled with love and compassion, hands that will get dirty alongside the rest of us to humbly help when others are falling under the burden of life, and with a mind that holds integrity at its forefront for every decision made; even under tumultuous pressure from others to decide otherwise.
My role model bar is set exceptionally high; what about yours?
Please feel free to leave a comment below. Understand, though, that I did not say who I chose for this election, nor will I ever do so, but do hold a high amount of respect for the choices any person makes.