With the presidential election just five months away, good judgement for many of us is being clouded through the media. Some of our presidential candidates are being criticized at every turn, even at rallies. This might reflect the bullying that some of us encounter as a matter of course these days. Perhaps most of us go through this sort of undue criticism at one time or other, which might help bring clarity in making our decision about which candidate to support. What's most important is looking deeper into the background of our candidates, and shine a light on the good they've done that's brought them to this place. As simple and logical as this is, some voters seem deluded into thinking or hoping that a particular candidate will behave differently if elected. This is not realistic and very unlikely.
I've never followed politics closely until this election. I'm usually at a loss for words on many political issues even though I'm mature in years. But I'm usually in tune with the importance of pursuing all that is good and the intrinsic value of morals and virtues. And regardless of my qualifications to voice an opinion on something as large as the race for the presidency, my past experiences encourage me to sympathize and side with those who are being crucified. In the wise words of Catherine the Great "" I praise loudly. I blame softly." I try to do this, too; praise the wonderful service that others have graciously performed for those who are falsely criticized, hoping to diminish the darkness that's all around us. I also try to do my best to look at the whole picture before judging or criticizing any person or situation, especially since I've been misjudged or blamed for mistakes dealt by someone else's hand. I often felt bullied throughout my life. And I've heard from many others that I'm not the only one who has been wrongly accused while on-lookers remained silent, rather than make waves. This is very sad and the reason I continually remind myself to give praise where it is due. And that's the reason I'm shining a light on Hillary Clinton. I recently watched her Talks Dealing With Cyberbullying. She explained it so clearly the reality of bullying and criticizing that can be very hurtful and even harmful to all of us:
It's no wonder that of all the many women in politics, Hillary Clinton is running for president. She has been the most significant role model in my life and continues to encourage me and bring me hope. I hold on to all her words of wisdom about marriage, children, education, career, and most importantly, she keeps me informed about politics in the world, something I have missed and lacked until now. She is America's strongest woman that I have faith in, hope in, and trust in. And that is because she has always pursued the greater good for everyone through her lifelong commitment, perseverance, and endurance.
Just remember that despite all of the noise going on before the Democratic and Republican conventions, if we listen inside and search for the good thoughts of your particular choice candidate who speaks to your heart, we'll all find the way to the right choice for president. That inner guidance will show the way. "Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway." Eleanor Roosevelt
About Catherine Nagle: Catherine grew up in Philadelphia with 16 brothers and sisters, reared by loving, old school Italian parents. Catherine's artist father's works graced churches and public buildings; her mother was a full-time homemaker. A professional hairdresser, Catherine worked in various salons while studying the Bible and pursuing spiritual growth through courses, seminars, lectures, works of Marianne Williamson, and conferences, including the National Theology of the Body Congress. She is also an Ambassador of the Society of Emotional Intelligence. The mother of two children and now a grandmother, Catherine lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. She is the Author of Imprinted Wisdom.