Sunday Inspiration: The Swing Vote

we need each other

“We need each other.
Each of us is responsible for what happens on this earth.
We are each absolutely essential, each totally irreplaceable.
Each of us is the swing vote in the bitter election battle now being waged
between our best and our worst possibilities.”
-Leonard Peltier, Activist

You thought the presidential election was tough? How about the struggle between who we are and who we are meant to be? No holds barred. No prisoners taken. No tweets deleted.

This moral battle is at the heart of all the religions of the world, but it is also evident in every novel I’ve ever read — and written.

I see this eternal wrestling match unfolding every day of my own life as I make decisions that take me down the path of either becoming my best self or a lesser version. Those critical decisions are my own, but without those around me to challenge and comfort me, how can I decide?

Each of us has the swing vote waiting to be cast. Which way will we go?


  1. DELORES on January 31, 2021 at 9:18 am

    The challenge is always to be our best self, only better. There is always room for improvement!

  2. Joice Coleman Mander on January 31, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Such difficult decisions…Activism is often loud and obnoxious, often not becoming or “pretty”, and many theologians profess “go silently”, “Silence is Golden”. I know people who seem to be quietly going about their business ignoring what is happening politically, and live lovely lives. In my gardens I have never grown roses. I do not like thorns, but I, myself, am most like a thorn. And, amongst the beautiful flowers, I feel a kinship to the dandelions with roots that are practically impossible to pull. Eventually, my being can not be quieted, so the way I go is the direction my heart and mind feel is in the best interest of those who have no voice. Though I don’t want to be loud and obnoxious…I know it isn’t pretty, but, for me it is who I am.

  3. Nancy C Lepri on January 31, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Em…which way will we go? I hope it’s the right way and I ask the Lord’s guidance constantly to show me the right way!

  4. Adelyn Grudier on January 31, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I want to think positive thoughts and move ahead with my life but it seems to be really hard right now. I, for one, have given up on trying to get the vaccine for now. I will not get myself involved with spending hours trying to find an opening time to get it. My mind and body will not tolerate just frantic enterprise. Oh, I will get vaccinated believe me. But I will just keep doing what I have been doing and when the panic rushes subside I will get it then. I vote for trying to just be calm and handle what we can and try to just not worry about what we can’t change.

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