Hot Button Issues?
Advice on who to vote for?
Save it for those other books.
The 2020 Election Survival Guide is about you, the American Voter, trapezing your way through the election cycle, O’er the mountains, through the valleys, without colliding into a relationship meltdown or being hit by a social media bus.
Soar above network blitzes and partisan divides with this guide as your ticket to rediscover, laugh, or learn something new about our beautiful nation, and maybe even yourself.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Short answer: The idea came to me while shivering in line, waiting for an airport shuttle.
Long answer: I hear the buzzword “journey” a lot these days. Whether it’s an article about an actress reinventing herself or career progression, it seems everyone is “on” or “deciding” if they want to take a “journey.” Well, somewhere between the solid advice and the marketing crap I’ve become a little journeyed out. And when it comes to the 2020 election, I don’t even want to buy a ticket no matter how seriously I take my duty to vote.
Even so, how much of the 2016 unpleasantness was about the coverage, candidates, issues, and spin and how much of it was about ourselves?
As with any election, we will be bombarded with more data, debates, and commentary than we’ll ever need. How we think for ourselves is much more important. I crafted this work with the mind-set that if we keep an open mind and a grateful heart, inject some humor or maybe learn something new, we can stay focused on what matters most: our personal relationships, dignity, and respect for our neighbor and nation. Some exercises involve self-contemplation, others are a bit absurd. Stretch outside your comfort zone or stay in your shell—your choice.
We all experience frustration, anger, and fear. We all hold views on faith, social concerns, and fairness in the tax structure. Elections magnify these issues and our choices. When people disagree with us, we become guarded. When they lash out, we feel attacked.
To me, it’s better to deal with our thoughts and emotions in constructive ways rather than engaging in social media rants or staring at your girlfriend like she grew an extra breast when she votes for “the other guy.” Recognize your viewpoints for what they are, use this journal’s “safe space” to lose your cool or your bleepin’ mind. Then accept that no one is right about everything. Including you.
My fellow fantastic Americans, it’s not enough to “hope” 2020 isn’t a repeat of social degradation. It’s not enough to encourage others to be kind so this election cycle goes “better.” We all helped create the problem, are part of the problem, and therefore we are the solution. Instead of blaming the democrat, republican, or independent beside us, we can engage our minds, sense of humor, and appreciation for what we already have—a free nation and a voice.
#1 Every Voice Must Be Heard
Write down five qualities you like about yourself. Don’t be shy or qualify them with “maybes.” State them. Own those characteristics. Celebrate them.
An example: “I like having six fingers on my right hand because people will cite that fact for generations after they see a certain movie.”
Feel free to embellish this page with stickers, doodle, glitter, or anything else to illustrate what’s so freakin’ awesome about you.
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