by Rachel Gould
(Editor's Note: While this blog as a whole centers around the experience that you can have at FHU, there are times when bigger things go on around us that impact both the lives of FHU students and our nation as a whole. National elections are certainly one such thing, and I wanted to share some thoughts on perspective by one of our blog authors. Thanks for reading!)
Election Night 2012 found Laura, Joe, and me sitting around the TV in our office, watching the votes slowly being tallied. For us, it had been a great night of talking with students and preparing for Maroon and Gold Day this weekend.
As most of you know by now, Americans went to the polls yesterday and made choices that affect a variety of issues. Entering their votes into a system that spans different landscapes hundreds of miles apart, they became part of a greater decision that would impact the country. Regardless of how anyone feels about the results of the election last night, the fact remains that we as a people are blessed with the right to make choices.
Perhaps because of the return of Election Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about the choices that I have made in the past four years. I’ve moved twice, gained new friends and lost old ones, earned two degrees, and discovered a quite a bit that I didn’t know about myself. Some of the choices that I have made are of inconsequence to anyone except me and perhaps the person standing behind me in line at the coffee shop. Some of the choices I’ve made have had much longer lasting impressions – both good and bad. Although I wish I had not made some decisions, they have still been my choice to make.
This morning I observed many expressing some sort of concern or excitement over the decisions of the nation. Some have rejoiced at these choices, while others have found their individual voices at odds with the collective voice. Regardless of your view on the outcomes, we still have choices to make today. Circumstances like the election will happen, framing my life in unforeseen ways, yet at the end of the day, semester, election cycle, or life, the choice was still mine to make. Did I love others as I should as I encounter them each day? Was I respectful of those in authority regardless of whether I agreed with them on all issues? Did I seek to bring healing to the broken, joy to the saddened, aid to those in need?
It’s the choices between the choices that seem to matter most. It’s those that define who I am and who you are as well. I hope that we all will remember that our choices today are just as important as those we made yesterday we learn and engage in the world around us.