Gratitude Challenge, Day 43 of 100 “The Big Send”

Today I’m grateful for the little things that we can do to make a difference. Yesterday, 145,000 of my best friends, including my Toastmaster friend Lisa Fairchild, and I participated in the Vote Forward “BIG SEND.” Together, we mailed a over 15 million hand written notes encouraging potential voters to vote. Why did we do this? Speaking for myself, while I’m obviously happier when the candidate that I vote for wins, I handle losses better if I know there was a big turnout. With a big turnout, there’s usually a mandate. On the other hand, when I come out on the short end of an election that has a low turnout, I have an empty feeling. With all of the rhetoric surrounding the November 3 election, my desire is to have as many people as humanly possible vote.

Who did I sent the letters to? I sent 40 to potential voters in Georgia and 20 each to potential voters in Florida, Texas, and Ohio. The message was non-partisan:

“I vote because I want to have a say in what happens in our country, our state, and our communities. Whether I’m happy with the results or not, I’m comforted knowing that I exercised my right to vote for my beliefs.”

Will this help my candidate win? I don’t know. What I do know is that there’s a role for all of us to play in our democracy, many of them can be done from the comfort of our homes. For that I’m grateful.

What are you passionate about? What little thing can you do to make a difference? Please write your ideas in the comment section and help us find that shining needle of common ground in that scary haystack of fear.


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