I’m grateful today because I found another productive activity that keeps during the pandemic. Vote Forward is an organiztion of volunteers who write handwritten notes to potential voters in swing states, encouraging them to get out and vote. We’re asked to write a handwritten non partisan message describing why we choose to vote. My message is, “I vote because it allows me to have a say in what happens in our Country, our State, and Community. Sometimes, I’m happy with the results, sometimes I’m not. I’m always comforted by the fact that I exercised my right to vote my beliefs.” The volunteers are asked to mail the letters on October 27th, one week before the election. We provide the stamps and paper, those of us who would like to, are invited to donate Vote Forward.

Why am I doing this? I’m doing this for my mental health. With all the anxiety that’s dominating our day to day lives, the best way to relieve the anxiety is to do something productive. I orginally signed up to mail 20 handwritten notes. Since I found that I’m comfortable doing five per day and get great satisfaction writing them, I’ll re-up and sign up for 20 more next week. Here’s a video with that gives more details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7Vkzb_Dm2M. Give it a try. I think you’ll get the same satisfaction that I did.

What productive things are you doing during the pandemic? Maybe you’re doing something that others would find interesting and want to join in. Please write them in the comment section so that we can find that shining needle of common ground in that scary haystack of fear.

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