My friend Tracy Beeler shared on FB this photo of her beloved friend Jayne Mansfield. I'm sharing it here because, well, today is the day.
I don't care if you're republican or democrat or left or right or anything else, please vote. It's never been more important.
Yesterday I made the mistake of posting a controversial article on FB and I was shocked to receive so many hateful comments and private messages - which was my point exactly and the reason I shared the article in the first place.
I repeat, I don't care who you vote for. I support and respect your right to vote for and believe in your particular political slant. That's what makes America great. What doesn't make America great is hate, divisiveness, sharing pics of lynch mobs, hateful memes, making fun of the less fortunate, bigotry, racism or any form of degradation. It is THOSE people and THOSE traits I was addressing with my article yesterday - or at least that was my intent. I lost a lot of FB "friends and family" yesterday. And to be honest, I will continue to cull - not based on politics, but because I choose to surround myself only with people that lift me higher. When I log on, I want to see love, encouragement, support, and unity. THOSE are the people I will remain friends with because THOSE are the traits I believe in.
My beautiful friend Juli Witham pointed out that my posting of that article was actually contributing to the divisiveness, and that we all need to move beyond such things so that we can begin to heal - as individuals and as a nation. So today, I encourage you to go vote if you have not already.
Regardless of who wins today, spread love. Only love. Let it begin with me.