elections

A politician’s workday

Two politicians from different parties start their day with the same goal: to win in the general elections.

They get to work and are busy all day…campaigning and making sure they’re visible online and offline.

They may have different tactics and use different words, but they remain committed to their goals.

At the end of the day, they take time to unwind with family, friends, or other politicians.

Maybe they have TV or social appearances for the evening, which add to their goal-achievement process.

No matter where they are or what they’re doing, they never forget their common goal – winning.

One thing they do different however, is that they’re able to have good times with friends from the other side of the divide…totally offline.

A regular Kenyan’s workday

You and I, however, start our day with or without our to-do lists.

We spend the day slinging mud at each other on social media. We hang out in our political enclaves and shout loudly in support of our preferred leaders.

Things get so heated up that we stop talking to each other. We no longer socialize and forget all the good times we’ve had together in the past.

At the end of the day, we go home. Angry. Disillusioned. Very unhappy. Wanting change and feeling so bad that it’s not here now.

Maybe we cleared our to-do lists; maybe not.

We may have met one or two of our day’s goals…if we had goals to start with.

Tell me my friends, who will be the winner and who will be the loser after elections?

Going beyond campaigns and elections

This year has been one long campaign period. We thought we had finished with it, but life has proven otherwise.

So here we are, back to campaigns. And back to fighting each other as we try to force our political opinions on other people.

We conveniently forget that politicians are doing their jobs. They wake up and go to work to agitate us so that we vote for them.

That is their job and not ours.

Let’s not get caught up in the election euphoria once again and forget that the same people we are fighting for or fighting against, will not remember us once they’re in office.

However, our personal, professional and social relationships will either be strengthened or ruined by the way we treat each other now.

Is the fight worth it?

I don’t know about you, but I for one are now suffering from campaign and election fatigue.

I just want this thing to be done with. Then we can get back to life…whatever life will be like once we have a new president in place.

I do wonder though, how will we heal and rebuild relationships that were broken due to these elections?

How can we heal our nation and make our sense of brotherhood stronger, no matter our preferred political choices?

Is there a way we can work together to make sure that election years don’t end up like this one, ever again?

Over to you…

What’s your take on the campaigns and elections in Kenya?

(Image credit: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos)

 

Caroline Gikonyo works with high-achieving professional and business women who are stuck, overwhelmed, overworked, unhappy and unfulfilled. She helps her clients become leaders in their professions and business industries once they get unstuck, gain confidence and eliminate time wastage. Contact Caroline to request for a Clarity Coaching Session and find out how she can help you achieve better personal, professional, or business results.
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