Election

Signs outside polling place - surrounded with Small American flags. Precinct 42. Polls open 6:30 a.m. - Close 7:30 p.m.

Yesterday was Primary Election Day in West Virginia.

I joined my fellow citizens and cast my ballot.

Library, public transportation and parks & recreation levies were on the line in addition to choosing candidates from among the mix of local, state and federal offices to be filled.

Not everybody chose to show up at the polls.

One report pegs the unofficial voter turnout at a historically low 17%.

17%.

The other 83% apparently chose not to choose.

Or perhaps their choice was “whatever.”

I can’t fathom being so non-engaged with such important decisions.

Decisions that affect our everyday lives.

Yesterday was also a different kind of “election day” at our house.

Our son and I used the day to mark the importance of healthy choices.

We agreed that on this day we would “elect” to start being more intentional about making healthy choices.

We all make these choices each and every day.

Exercise – or don’t exercise?

Donut and Mountain Dew – or scrambled egg, toast and juice?

Bag of chips – or apple? Sign on refrigerator - says "yes, I am trying to eat healthy. no, i am not on a diet." Held up with magnet shaped like state of West Virginia that says I (heart) W.V.

Unlike political elections, this healthy-choice-election has 100% voter turnout.

Unless we are in a coma we each make a ton of choices a day.

And just like with political elections, each thing we “elect” to do has far-reaching consequences.

If we are apathetic and lackadaisical in our choices, we get poor results.

As with any election, preparation and participation are the keys.

Do your homework.

Think things through.

Show up and make your choices.

One good choice at a time.

It’s vital to be engaged with such important decisions.

Decisions that affect our everyday lives.

Hand on the left with voting sticker - American Flag - We the People of the United States - I Voted Today; Hand on the right with golden delicious apple

 

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