Tina Auclair, San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano—we have choices to make, Election Day and beyond.
In a little over a week, it will be time to select the people that align most with our political views, the people we believe will provide us with what we feel is a favorable result on important items facing our cities, school district, water district and our very nation. As we enter this season of deciding on who will lead us in these areas, we must understand that our part does not end on Election Day. In fact, what we choose to do the day after the election may prove the most important decision of all.
It may be hard to celebrate a victory for any candidate you did not support, but think beyond the candidate—think about the city. The day after the election, all of those political signs telling you which candidate to vote for will be rendered useless—but what would happen if that’s when we begin to act? We can do our part by simply deciding that we want to help the city move in a positive direction. Imagine the possibilities. It really is up to each and every one of us.
We will have to choose to move forward or backward, forgive or hold grudges, listen or ignore, build bridges or tear down relationships, divide or unite. Make it your choice to seek truthful information and not rely on everything you read. Make it your choice to put the past stories to rest and look for positive new ones. Make it your choice to be part of the solution. Lay down the old armor and move toward each other.
It’s not hard to recognize that at the end of the day, we’re all just neighbors sharing one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Make it your choice to be grateful, kind and understanding. Look for the common ground and make a stand alongside your neighbor. Let’s work together to assure our town will thrive with goodwill and prosperity—isn’t that the vision we all have for our community anyway?
“…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” –Philippians 4 NKJV