The Sun Will Still Rise Tomorrow

There are few days I love as much as election day. A bit nerdy, I know, but the idea that we all have the freedom to not only hold our own opinion but to voice it will always fill me with a sense of patriotic pride. These days though it seems that not everyone is supportive of the idea of everyone having their own individual thoughts and beliefs.

For example, I shared facts, actual bona fide facts, on my Instagram story that support my personal opinion and I received several messages telling me I need to keep politics off my social media if that’s who I’m planning on voting for. I’ve shared tweets encouraging people to vote without naming either candidate and was still bombarded with hate mail by folks who assumed who I was voting for. In a past tweet where I did name which candidate I was supporting, a woman informed me that I was “arrogant” for sharing my opinion which was a bit ironic considering her timeline was filled with support for the other candidate. I guess the sole reason she “just couldn’t like me even though she tried” was because we were planning on voting for opposing candidates.

Can I just say, what the heck has happened to us?! When did we become so hypocritical, so bitter toward each other simply for having our own beliefs?

One of my best and oldest friends is voting for Biden, and I voted for Trump. Guess what? We’re still friends. I still know that she is a good person, truly one of the best, and I hope that she thinks the same of me. Now, I know that I’m not a genius or wise beyond my years, but I’ve had a lot of time alone in a tractor to mull things over this fall, and I’ve come to the conclusion that a good majority of us want the same end result.

You read that right.

We want the same result, but we have differing opinions on the best way to get there.

I don’t know a single person who wants kids to go hungry, who wants to send folks to war when it’s unnecessary, who wants people of different races, gender, or sexual orientation to be treated differently, etc. Not a single person has the right to claim the morally superior high ground based on who they voted for, and if they do, then they’re part of the problem.

When God commanded us to love thy neighbor, He didn’t mean love they neighbor…..but only if they agree with you on everything. He meant love thy neighbor

  •  even if they run red equipment
  • even if they cheer for Ohio State
  • even if they vote for [insert candidate here]

Now don’t get me wrong, I’d really love it if you voted the same way I did, but no matter what boxes you checked on the ballot, I hope you exercised your right to vote, and I’ll respect your right to your opinion. Remember, you have no right to complain for the next four years if you didn’t.

If the outcome of this election is causing you stress or anxiety, please for the love of all things holy, take a step back and count your blessings. Whether those blessings be your family, your friends, your dog, or something as simple as the sun shining on a beautiful day, there is so much to be grateful for. There’s so much out there that’s more important than the outcome of an election.

No matter what happens, God is still king and the sun will still rise tomorrow, so let’s all be kind to one another in the meantime.

32 comments

  • Dam Skippy !!!

    Todd
  • Great post! Love the videos, can’t wait for you all to be planting and harvesting again.

    Aaron
  • Erin, Well said! That is all…Well said!

    Vaughn R Smith
  • Hi Erin, it’s been a challenging year indeed from all angles. I’m in the Philadelphia, pa area; opinions have been flying around about almost every topic I can think of, right down to the type/favor of potato chips so and so thinks is the best and I should eat them. I guess it’s the stress of the situation, everyone seems to feel justified in making their point. Between virtual school, the lawncare business, and harvesting corn/soybeans for a local farmer, some days I feel I’m running on fumes. I don’t do Instagram or Twitter, but I do look at YouTube and that’s where I came across your vids while researching hopper bottom trucking and harvesting. This is my 2nd year doing it; mostly drive the tractor trailer since everybody is trying not to jump around on equipment with the pandemic. It’s been great for me… love hearing that turbo whistle away pulling those loads from the field back to the bins. Just wanted to reach out and tell you I get it and really admire you for doing all you do. Everything is in the bins now and hope to start hauling out for contracts in January. As for the bag of chips mentioned earlier, I eat whatever I like and enjoy every chip. And if I’m really hungry, like after plowing snow last week, I might just eat the bag too! Just kidding…kinda… Happy holidays and thanks for the inspiration that helps me keep forging thru the times.

    John
  • Erin,
    Sadly, what you’re describing is what I finally saw as a glaringly blunt sign of someone’s nature. The need to control others is now in my mind; a warning sign to try best to steer clear of such an individual. If you’re ever one to crack open a bible pay attention to what Solomon says about dealing with “fools”, especially throughout Proverbs.

    Jeffrey

    Jeffrey

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