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On Sunny Lane: Just Vote

I once had a friend who attempted suicide. I don't know what may have transpired to thwart his efforts, but somehow he was not successful in his attempt.

I'm glad he wasn't, because I like the guy. Once I learned about what had taken place, I sent him a note. It said, “You belong here--as much as the stars in the sky and the trees in the forest. You were created by a God who loves you. Live in that love. You have a purpose.”

I haven't had contact with him or his family for years, but I hear that he is alive and well.

Actually, we were all created for a purpose. Some people may doubt that, or wonder what their particular purpose might be. It's my opinion that each one of us was created to live in a special family, at a special time, in a special location for a special reason.

Sometimes, the family we live in is not ideal, but it can form us into the person we are meant to be.

Times and situations at this particular time in history indicate that we need all hands on deck to do what we can to make our country and the world a better place.

When I see the news, I see that there are many and much more dangerous countries, with repressive governments that are run by despots. There are countries where people have fewer freedoms, and who live in fear of their government and their leaders.

America is not without its faults, the U.S. Constitution guarantees its citizens certain inalienable rights. Many government officials choose to ignore some of those Constitutional rights while promoting others that don't exist. It is hard to sift through all of the mistrust and confusion but do it, we must.

And that is where our special purpose comes in. At least, I think it does.

You may think that there is nothing special about you. What you like to do; what you do well; what people say you do well; is your special talent and it's what you should do.

As one of my instructors in religious education once said, " We are all on a journey toward heaven--as individuals and as the people of God."

A person, as a conversation starter, asked Sweetheart and me, “What are you doing to make the world a better place?"

I think we need to know who is doing a good job in their government position--whether federally or locally, and whether someone else might be able to do a better job.

I think that whatever family we live in; no matter where we live; whatever our gifts and talents are; we can help to make the world a better place by becoming informed and voting. It's the least we can do to continue our journey toward heaven. . . . . No excuses!


Dorothy is the author of two books—“Miles and Miracles” and “Getting It All Together “. You can purchase a book or make a comment by emailing her at

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