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Letter: See political signs in a new way

See the signs in a new way

As I drove down the road by our house, I saw some newly placed political signs and I realized the sight of them made my stomach hurt. I want to be a good citizen and keep informed, so I can vote responsibly, but thinking of my candidates not being elected feels terrible. I then heard the following question. “What is it you do want?”

As I thought about that, a picture of the Capitol came into view. Then some workmen, high up near the base of the dome unfurled a huge banner that read, “HARMONY.” Oh, that felt so good. Yes, I want the elected officials running our country to have the attribute of harmony!

And while I was rejoicing in how good that felt, the workmen unfurled another banner that covered the first one and it said, “COMPASSION.” Once again, I got a jolt of good feeling throughout my body. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the elected officials had this attribute as well?

Next came the banner that said, “COOPERATION.” Wow, again! Then came a series of banners that fully described our elected officials: “ACCEPTANCE, WISDOM, TRUTHFULNESS, RESPECT, HOPE, INSPIRATION, PEACE, INTELLIGENCE, INTEGRITY.” I reveled in how good that felt to have a Congress with these characteristics.

There is a saying that goes, “You get what you think about, whether you want it or not.” So, I invite you to think about what attributes you want our new Congress to have, instead of what you don’t want to happen when the “other” party takes control. I guarantee you will feel better!

Now, when I drive by those political signs my neighbor put up, I no longer feel terrible. I just picture our Capitol with a slide show cycling through the attributes of our newly elected Congress.

Linda Duvaul


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