In the sea of negativity and outright cyberbullying that has been flooding social media as of late, I thought I would share this thought.
A few days ago, one of my friends shared their thoughts on the person they were going to vote for this year. He did not bash the other candidate. He did not use any accusations of any kind. He simply listed the positive points about the candidate he was choosing. And I read his post. I will not say whether or not I agreed with his choice. But, his was one of the few where I sat back and thought, "Wow! This person has done some real research and had done a masterful job of showing the good points of their candidate." And the fact that he was able to do it without saying one divisive word about the other candidate made his post hold more weight than any other I have seen.
A well thought out positive post...that will always get my attention. And I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.
So, I'm issuing a challenge to everyone! There are 26 more days until the election. Do you have the strength to quit bashing the "other candidate" and for the next 26 days and post only positive things about the candidate you prefer. Or if you prefer not to disclose who you are voting for, post only positive things about voting in general. There used to be a song called "Accentuate the Positive" and it pops into my head from time to time. You can click the link to hear the song, but basically it says, "Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on the affirmative and don't mess with Mr. Inbetween." Sure it probably seems like a silly song, but if we lived by those rules, what a difference there would be in our world...and in our elections.
Are you up for the challenge? Positivity speaks far louder than negativity, so if you really want to support your candidate, #accentuatethepositive. Use the hastag. Let's see if we can get it to trend. Maybe we can end this election season on a positive note...regardless who wins.
Who's with me? #accentuatethepositive