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The audacity of being tired right now


I was just sitting here thinking about how tired I am.  More than tired though, I think weary is a better word.  But I thought a little more about it and had to question the audacity of it.

How many times did our founders get tired, and what was that like?  When I’m tired, I can kill the lights and jump into a warm comfy bed, secure in the knowledge that I don’t have to wake up early to get food for the next day.  I’ll simply wake up, get into my car, which doesn’t require half the effort of hooking up a horse, drive a bunch of miles here and there to get my stuff done, and then return home to recharge again.  My clothes, even if I still lived up north would and do protect me from the worst harshness of Mother Nature.  In short, we get to fight this “second revolution” relatively easy, since at least for right now, everything we need is easy enough to come by.

Then I compared my daily routine.  l work, attend meetings and/or political debates almost daily. There are breakfasts, Budd bowling, West walks, and waving signs on corners.  All of these things are easy, and I dare say fun, when stacked up against the hardships endured by those that came before us.

Sometimes I wonder how it all gets done; then I stop whining and recognize that when I compare myself to many of my peers, I don’t do near enough.

There are a lot of us in the trenches right now.  We are blessed to have the talents of some very intelligent, organized people who know how to compile information and get things done.  And that’s the hardest part.  It’s one thing to do the sort of grunt work that I do, and very much enjoy I might add; but without the skill and knowledge of those who put the lists and charts together, forecast the results, and suggest what people like me can/should do for the greatest impact, it would all be for naught.

Then there are the real heroes in this new battle.  The moms and dads with children at home that sacrifice family time to stay out later than they might want to; the elderly men and women that remember tough times and fear even tougher times may lay ahead.  Every one of them doing whatever they can do, everyday; wondering if this is their country’s last dance or if there is a light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t another train coming at them.

I guess in the final analysis, we’re all feeling a bit fatigued in one way or the other.  But we need to stay strong, tough, focused, and rely on our faith and friendships. We also need to keep in mind that Election Day is only 26 days from today.  Right after the election and the victory parties, we will have the holidays to recharge, regroup, and refocus on the long road ahead.  Let’s hang tough and get through this together.  I’m honored to be involved with such a great group of committed men and women, not only here in Florida, but collectively around the country.

God bless this great nation.

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2 Responses to “The audacity of being tired right now”
  1. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    4th quarter baby!

  2. Iris Iris says:

    Great post, David. I’d add that the real heroes are the ones putting themselves out there to run for office. We, as volunteers, do as much as we can when we can. But many volunteers still won’t go out of their comfort zone and respond with ‘i don’t do……..(fill in the blank with calls, walks, whatever).

    Our candidates, on the other hand, have to be out there every day – seeking every vote. They’re applauded in a friendly audience, booed in a hostile one. They’re interviewed and written about or written-off or insulted. They go to every event – whether there are 5 people or 500. They make phone calls and go door to door too, or as proud people – have to ask for money to keep their campaigns alive – surely one of the most difficult things they have to do. They’re away from their families – or if they’re lucky – their families help them in their efforts. They’re photographed and have to look their best at all times. And in the contentious campaigns, their character is personally attacked and maligned. The candidates are tired too. But they forge ahead, secure in the belief that they can and will make a difference!

    We in 912 are lucky to have met many of the candidates. They’re regular people driven to improve things. And we support them because we want them to succeed.

    Ten days remain until early voting starts. Absentee ballots are already being returned. Now is the time to make the difference. Push through your weariness and get those candidates elected!

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