Today are elections in the country where I live. In honor of this confusing day, I asked Spiritual Presence what to share. Here we go…
The ability to vote is a not-to-be-taken-for-granted situation. People who are eligible to vote have the opportunity to influence in a personal way, and they should vote with the weight of this responsibility on their shoulders.
The candidates are a reflection of their society—neither better nor worse. These people have troubles just like others and their lives are influenced by the decisions of the people who vote. The candidates may seem more special than the people who vote, but in actuality, they are the same. The candidates lack assurance as the votes are cast and determined.
Leaders and temptation
Here is information from an earlier blog post that reminds us of the challenges that come with choosing to be a leader, particularly in politics:
To be a leader means to be tempted:
- Tempted to change things for one’s own interests.
- Tempted to change things for one’s friends.
- Tempted to change things for one’s family.
- Tempted to change things for one’s perceived friends.
- Tempted to change things for the sake of change.
- Tempted to change things for the sake of being able to bring change.
- Tempted to change things in order to create a new reality.
- Tempted to change things in order to create an earlier reality.
- Tempted to do things that couldn’t be done when one wasn’t a leader.
Being a leader can be a heady experience. Perhaps you were elected. Perhaps you were chosen. Perhaps you were the only choice. Perhaps you were aggressive and claimed it.
Being a leader can be an inflating experience. Perhaps you can get things you couldn’t get before. Perhaps you can be presented with opportunities that only come to leaders. Perhaps you can be presented with power that influences in a negative way.
Being a leader can be a negative experience. Perhaps you see sides of yourself that you didn’t realize existed. Perhaps you see sides of others that you didn’t realize existed as well.
Being a leader can present opportunities to bring change that is needed, that is for the betterment of society that is purposeful and balanced. The temptations that are negative can fall away and higher purpose can be served. Being a leader does not guarantee that one’s life is better or more significant. Being a leader is a way to serve society and the people who need a person to decide. Being a leader should be undertaken by people who are spiritually connected (not meaning religious—that can be something else) and are interested in balance and positivity. Being a leader is an opportunity to banish the temptations and be an example to people who are looking for a guide and a torchbearer.
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