Tuesday I got a phone call that a political candidate was going to be in our neighborhood. I didn't know anything about this person. As I vacuumed and cleaned, I thought all kinds of thoughts. Did I want to talk to this person or not? If I didn't care for what he was about, I could dismiss him politely. But if I liked him, what should I do? Would he ask me to get involved? Did I want to get into all that politics again?
You may be surprised that I ran for elective office at one point in my life and won. Well, it wasn't such a big deal. I won precinct delegate. That meant that I could go to my party's meetings and conventions. It was a lot of fun. I got credentials and helped pass out liferature. I truly had a passion for my cause at that time. Then, after a year or so, I found out that within the party, there were divisions and fights. This wasn't what I'd signed up for. Couldn't at least one group of people get along and agree on some things? Well, my term was over and I didn't run again.
Since that time, I haven't been so involved. Now I had to decide, did I want to start in again?
The knock came at the door. I was almost done cleaning and I had decided he probably wouldn't make it to my door on this day. But there he was. I opened up to a pleasant fellow. He started by asking questions. I liked that. Also, he wasn't the person. He was just a helper. After I was allowed my input, he told me about what the candidate would like to do and a little about him. I asked more questions. He answered and even said he didn't know. Very good. I took the very professional flyer (nice laminated cardboard) he gave me and said good by. I put it on my table with my computer.
Later that evening, after thinking it over, I put the flyer in the window of my bedroom where passers-by could see it. They can see that I support this person. It makes me feel good that I took a stand, even a little one.
How about you? Have you ever had a passion for an activity, and then it turned sour or you just outgrew it? Would you ever get into it again? Just wondering.