Last evening, while anxiously and constantly checking on election results, my dear husband said to me “Just let it go. It will be what it will be.” A reminder to practice what I preach. This morning, that lesson is even louder in my head – but there’s so much more to it.
For the past two years, I, as many of you, have watched our beloved country turn upside down. The quiet rage of millions came up against the complacency of millions more and, as a result, Trump was elected. The shock of that victory was felt by both sides: some felt vindicated and others felt deeply confused. In the ensuing months, I would venture to guess that no one is completely pleased with the results so far.
And then there is District 6. Did it feel a bit like the Hunger Games to anyone but me? (Per Wiki, District 6 was known as one of the more rebellious districts. Ha!) I am proud to be living here and grateful for the people who stepped outside their comfort zones to affect change. What transpired here over the past few months clearly shows that more and more people are looking for the good in humanity. Jon Ossoff may not have won this election. What he did accomplish in a very short period of time will have, I hope, a much deeper, long term impact for all of us, regardless of political party. People are tired and frustrated by our so-called democracy. The Presidential campaign proved that without a shadow of doubt.
The 6th District election has proven that there are many people who will no longer sit back and watch from the sidelines. If there are many here in this small section of this country, there are millions more ready to help affect positive change. John Ossoff proved that you can do this. The lack of victory yesterday does not translate to failure. No, in fact, it’s just the beginning of what is possible.
To the people, especially the women, who opened the door to what is possible, thank you for standing strong. To Jon Ossoff, thank you for a bi-partisan approach and a positive outlook for our country. To Karen Handel, please represent us well.
Yes, let it go. It will be what it will be because good work was done and the stage has been set. Now it’s time to turn our strength towards Washington. There is much work to be done.
And just one more quote from Mrs. Roosevelt:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Yes, there is much work to be done so, please, never underestimate the difference you can make.
From my heart to yours, Diane