On election day this year, I shared this quote by Abraham Lincoln on my facebook page:
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
It was my hope that polarized political opinion holders would take a deep breath,
and move forward with these words in mind to better our country.
But here’s the thing – in my little corner of the world as a Military Spouse, there has been a lot of stress lately.
The Congressional leaders of the United States of America have not found a way to compromise or come to an agreement about our national spending – which therefore has led us to all of the recent headlines about sequestration.
As a parent, there are times that I look at the choices my children make and think to myself – Wow. That is disappointing you’ve made those choices. But I’m sure eventually you will learn from the consequences of your behavior and make better choices in the future.
This is the exact same level of disappointment that I feel for our elected leaders in the last few weeks.
The difference is, the consequences of your behavior will be felt personally by my immediate community.
After more than a decade of war, my family has volunteered hundreds of hours to supplement the existing support programs and resources available for military families. And now, we will be asked to do more with less.
Many of our service men and women have volunteered to serve our country during a time of war.
They, who have born the battle and come home with wounds both seen and unseen.
And you are now telling they, and their families, to do more with less.
It causes me to wonder what value you place upon that blanket of freedom and peace you sleep under each night.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a Military Spouse, is the value of Resiliency.
The ability to realize that while difficult things can happen in life -
it is all going to be ok.
And while I am very disappointed that the challenges we’re facing were caused by this irresponsible behavior,
I know that we will be ok.
We will do more with less.
We will continue to meal plan and plant a garden for vegetables.
We will continue to ask ourselves “is this a want or a need?”
We will continue to carefully save towards our dreams.
Not because it is fashionable to be frugal – but because our income demands it.
I will continue to volunteer to make my community better.
I will continue to teach my children to live by the golden rule.
I will continue to support my husband’s choice to serve this great nation.
However, when the next election comes around,
I will NOT forget the tremendous level of disappointment I feel right now.