The 2018 election season has officially ended. You can take down the yard signs and watch television without being overwhelmed by political advertisements.
Congratulations! You survived. Some of you even participated by stopping by your polling place Tuesday (or maybe you voted earlier with an absentee ballot). I would bet not everyone celebrated the results, and I would assume disagreements in politics will continue.
So what now?
Well, I imagine the beginning of the 2020 political season isn’t too far off. I know, that sounds crazy, but each presidential election season seems to begin sooner and sooner. So I suppose you could begin preparing for the madness that election will create.
If that doesn’t sound appealing though, there are plenty of other things you can do.
For example, you could get involved. Whether you are a candidate who lost the seat for which you were running or a simple voter, like me, I hope you will step into the foray rather than away from it. I hope you’ll sign up this holiday season (and beyond) to help serve your community. Service comes in many forms. Here are just a few examples:
• Giving your time to a nonprofit by offering your expertise. Maybe you design a killer newsletter. Maybe you can organize and plan like nobody’s business. Maybe you’re really good with people and can help recruit folks to attend an event. Whatever it is, time, it turns out, is often our most valuable resource.
• Sign up for a committee or board. Turnover on boards comes with the territory. People have lives and sometimes those lives prevent folks from fulfilling a complete term. Maybe a spot opens on a school board, town council or advisory board. Step up.
• Be a good neighbor. ‘Tis the season. Snow will start to fall. Ice will start to accumulate. Maybe you could help keep your neighbors safe by clearing the walkways and sidewalks.
These are only a few ways you can get involved now that the political season has ended. If the discourse of the day left you feeling a little, well, in need of a shower, you might even consider attending the community conversations being organized by the folks at the Center for a Vital Community.
Showing that it is possible to have difficult, yet productive, conversations is one goal of the CVC. We believe, despite the odds, that we can communicate about and navigate the hard issues with civility. We hope you believe that to be true also. So, to that end, the CVC will host Community Conversations, at which attendees will discuss affordable housing in Sheridan County. The goal of the events — set for Nov. 15 and 17 — will be to hear each other out and to share our own experiences.
I hope you’ll join us and get involved.