Posted October 17, 2012 2:56 PM
My son is in the middle of a serious quandary. Serious to him anyway! Just before bed one night he said to me, “Mom, I can’t decide what I should be for Halloween. Spiderman or one of the Avengers?”
Later my husband told me that Luke had decided he was going to be a werewolf – vampire – alien – superhero. “Well, that is an option, but what would that costume look like?” is how I responded.
At five, Luke is still developing his decision making skills and the world is full of choices.
At forty-one, I like to examine all of my options and spend a lot of time thinking about my choices. It’s my natural tendency, but I understand that not everyone thinks the same way.
I work with people every day that have made poor choices and in my role as the diversion coordinator I have to wonder if they considered the consequences before making the choice. I see the stress that it has caused and the problems that they created when they made that poor choice.
One of my rules in teaching my middle school youth is to “think”. I believe that if you can teach youth to think they will be more successful in their choices. I also believe that you must be intentional about giving youth the opportunity to practice making choices.
I saw this quote and it seemed to speak to me. “The amazing thing about life is that you choose what you allow into it. You choose how things affect you. You choose how you react. Happiness is choice. Make it. It’s up to you!”
I can think of many examples of when I could have made better choices, but I choose to learn from those mistakes and be happy.
I also recognize that choice is a freedom that not everyone in our world has as a privilege. Voting, for example, is a freedom of choice, as well as free speech.
It is not often that I get on a soap box about anything political, but I am encouraging you to exercise your freedom of choice and vote in the upcoming election. Even your one vote can make a difference for future generations and you are modeling responsibility in the community to our youth.
All forms of media have become a sounding board for the political agendas during this last month before the election and I understand that some people are so turned off by the mud slinging and the drama that they don’t want to vote. However, as one of my friends so elegantly posted on facebook: “If you choose to not vote on November 6, I do not want to hear you complain about the results of the election. You have been given the freedom to elect who you see fit. Use it!”
The nation and our community will not improve until people exercise their rights and take responsibility in making informed choices by voting.
Please also remember that there are soldiers that, for whatever reason, have made the choice to enlist in our military. Maybe they wanted assistance in paying for college or wanted to travel, but they are all prepared to fight and die for our country and for the freedoms we have been given.
Okay, I am off my soap box now and the choices that you are making in this election are much more important than what costume to wear for Halloween, but again, please make an informed choice. Exercise your freedoms and take responsibility.
By the way, watch for a very handsome vampire during trick or treat time.