Election Day is just 12 days from now. I am reminded of
the Future Homemakers of America Creed as I prepare my mind for voting:
“We are the builders of dreams, dreams for America’s
future. A place where living is the expression of everything that is
good and fair, a place where truth, love, security and faith will be
realities, not dreams.”
I decided to find some other words of wisdom to guide my
thoughts, and impress the importance upon the minds of our readers.
select from all of the people some capable, honest men who fear God and
hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of various numbers.”
--New Living Bible, Ex. 18:21
“Nobody will ever deprive American people of the right
to vote, except American people themselves. The only way they can do it
is to not vote.” --Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president
“Young people need to vote. They need to get out there
because every vote counts. Educate yourselves too. Don’t just vote. Know
what you’re voting for and stand by your vote.” --Unknown
“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen. We
have a moral obligation to insure the reliability of the voting
process.” --Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked are in power, they groan.” NLB, Proverbs 29:2
“By voting, we commit ourselves to one another, our
country and this world.” --Sharon Salzberg, surgeon
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed
citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever
has.” --Margaret Mead, noted anthropologist.
* * *
My mother, Helen Morris, recently celebrated her 85th
As we were celebrating her milestone, I began to think
about what she had done with her life. She was born in Spencer on Oct. 16, 1929, to parents who worked
in the oil and gas industry. At age four, her father was promoted and
the family moved to Clarksburg.
Within the year, her mother died from breast cancer.
My mom has not had an easy life being a cancer survivor
herself, but she has always maintained a great outlook on life, guided
by her faith in God. On the evening of her birthday, I thought of how
she has not wasted a day of her life, always trusting, helping, and
caring for others.
Her time teaching in the Calhoun school system, while
raising seven children, seemed like a major feat in itself, but during
that time she worked to improve her church, community, and the lives of
everyone she encountered--and never complained.
After mom retired from teaching, she was more involved
in philanthropy and spending time being a professional grandparent. Many
hours were spent training her grandchildren to be Godly, honest, and
responsible citizens, whose time was well spent. Every day, she was
improving or working in the lives of others while aging and never
looking back, always forward.
My question to our readers is what would you do with
31,025 days, if you knew that this would be the amount of time that you
had to complete your work.