Despair no more!!! Now is the time to cast your vote and change the world!
I know you may be thinking "It's not November yet!", but the kind of voting I am talking about has nothing to do with the government. This vote is more powerful than any ballot you can cast in any political election. It is actually the most powerful vote in the world, and the most amazing part of all is that you have more than one to cast, actually probably hundreds. And, if you cast your votes carefully, you can change anything about this country you may not like. Anything.
The secret is to vote with your dollars.
Every day of your life you should view every dollar you spend as a powerful tool and every purchase as an opportunity to send a message.
It doesn't matter how much money you have, anyone can participate. You may be wondering, "What sort of message can I send with my money? How can a dollar be a vote?" , here are a few simple examples:
If you believe a large retail corporation unfairly treats their workers, don't shop at their stores.I admit that sometimes this may add to the cost of the goods or services you are shopping for, and I agree that even our finances limit what we can do, but it doesn't have to be all or nothing.
If you want to tell the producers of animal by-products that antibiotics and hormones are not what you want in your food, then buy organic.
A particular television show or cable channel may repulse you, so don't buy the products advertised there.
If you feel that too many U.S. jobs are being lost overseas, make an effort to buy American.
For example, I prefer to look for products sold by socially, environmentally and organically conscious companies, but their products are usually higher priced. I will often buy 3 of the cheaper "regular" products and just 1 of the more expensive "conscious" brand. Every little bit helps, even if you cannot commit 100%.
To look at our political system as the solution to all if our problems is a flawed mentality. Nothing will change unless we start to really pay attention to the message we are sending everyday with our dollars.
Money, more than any other method available to the average citizen, has the potential to change the world. Take time to research where your money is going and take advantage of every cent.
Ultimately, this is not about what you get to bring home with you in your shopping bag. This is about trying to envision and cultivate a better future.
Begin making responsible decisions today, tomorrow, the next day, and every day from here on out.
Everyday is election day!