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Follow leaders, but don’t follow blindly.

Disagree with opponents, but do so kindly.

Look critically at different points of view.

Cast your ballot as seems right to you.

After the election, work cooperatively

to build your country and community.

Copyright© 2020 by Cheryl Batavia

I am reposting this as we are getting close to US election day, and mail-in balloting is about to begin. Cheryl


  1. You are doing your bit through that timely message. May I add that the message, each and every line of it rings true globally, right from personally targetting the opponent(s), derogatory politics to the blind following amongst masses (even though very cleverly manipulated, social media is a very powerful tool nowadays). Wish there was a forum to project unified wishes of the citizens in form of an election manifesto – from the citizens to the contestants – but that’s too wishful. The most powerful tool which still remains with the mass is the right to vote, which everyone should exercise judiciously! Being indifferent cannot be an option and awareness has to be raised, which is where messages like yours would start making a difference.

    You inspire Cheryl! Wish you have a productive and fruitful election.

    Last but not the least, the poem is very well rhymed too 💖

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    1. Thank you, Deb, for sharing your thoughtful remarks. It makes me happy that you like the poem and you think the message is applicable globally. Our election in the US is already quite contentious. I long for a return to civility and cooperation. 🙂 Thank you again, Deb. Your input means a lot to me. Cheryl

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  2. Thank you for sharing this poem. The message rings true and always will. It is ok to disagree. But if we want to move forward as a country and as a planet we need to cooperate, especially with those whose opinions differ to our own.

    The New Zealand election was over the weekend, and I found myself raising my voice to a colleague this morning when talking about it. Even though it was only slightly it was still not the way to engage in fruitful discussion. We learn through conversation far better if all parties involved feel they are being heard and respected.

    Thank you again for sharing. ♥

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