Obama Wins, But Barely! So Why Didn’t You Vote?!


This isn’t a political post. I’m for Obama, but that has nothing to do with this. I know way too many people who didn’t vote, on both sides of the election. Did you vote? If not, why not? I voted on my way to the airport yesterday morning before catching a flight back to Costa Rica. That doesn’t make me any better than anyone who didn’t vote, but it does mean that I took action regardless of my circumstances. Luckily (for me and other democrats) enough people did vote, but barely.

If you would have voted for Obama, but Romney won, how would you feel right now? That was really close to happening. What if you wanted Romney to win and didn’t vote? Now you’re probably thinking that it could have made a difference, and you’d be right.

This isn’t a lecture about you voting, but rather about taking action for what you believe in. Beyond voting, what are the things you believe in that you’re not taking action with? Even if you did vote, in what other areas of your life are you not taking action?

Please start now. Start saying what should be said and doing what should be done. Allow yourself to move your ego to the side and start giving. If you feel like you should say something to someone, the ego is what tells you not to. But that one moment of reaching beyond your comfort zone is what creates real change. I can say from experience that I am who I am today because of people who said and did what they felt they should, regardless of what I might think about them. They changed me forever, and you can do the same for someone else, even a stranger.

Trust me, you will gain way more than you could ever imagine if you start taking action now. Try it once today. When you feel like saying or doing something, but then that little voice in your mind tells you not to – do it anyway. Obviously I’m talking about positive things, not doing or saying something to hurt someone else. You seriously never know when something seemingly little can make the biggest difference in someone’s life.

  • IN

    LOVE IT!!! AGREED!!! 😉

    • http://www.kaizenways.com Jeffrey Friend

      Thank you :-)

    • http://kaizenways.com/ JeffreyFriend | KaizenWays.com

      Gracias otra vez!!

  • Megan c

    Agree! I made it a point to vote no matter the obstacles.

    • http://kaizenways.com/ JeffreyFriend | KaizenWays.com

      That’s all we can ask for. Thank you for doing what it takes :-)

  • leo_life

    agreed! I am a strong Republican who voted for Obama!… ironic? maybe not. Strange as it is, I never vote along my party lines and have never missed a single election (besides the fact that this was my first). I believe the requirement to be a voter is to be informed about who you are voting into whatever position and what ideals the candidates support. Many people vote blindly or don’t vote at all and then start complaining when something they don’t like happens and all of a sudden the man in power is bad and the world is going to end! They look for a person to blame when the person they SHOULD blame is themselves for not voting!…sorry…had to let that out haha (=

    • http://kaizenways.com/ JeffreyFriend | KaizenWays.com

      Don’t be sorry Leo! Unfortunately many people look outside of themselves for the answers, and that gives them the opportunity to not take responsibility for the outcome. Our minds are tricky like that. Thank you for the comment!

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