Last night was a magical experience for me.
No, I didn't win $1MIL in the lottery.
It wasn't great sex or having a pound of fine chocolate all to myself.
I was invited by some friends to sit in on the discussions about the election in the U.S. that were going on in a couple of chat rooms...one on my travel site, Slowtrav, and the other on Pauline Kenny's Slow Europe travel site.
The U.S. election was well underway, by the time I arrived.
Many people from across the U.S. were in those chat rooms, talking about the election process and sharing their emotions and feelings about the road ahead as it unfolded in front of them.
With a pot of tea and a stack of snacks beside me, I signed on and began to chat with everyone about what was happening, how the votes were rolling in and who was ahead in what state.
Please remember, I don't live in the U.S.
I live in Canada.
So, it was with amazement that I soon realized that I was a part of the process, rather than being an outsider looking on. These lovely people in chat were so welcoming, bringing me into their conversation and sharing their thoughts with me, that it only took a few moments for me to feel like I was at home!
That was an amazing thing, because I actually hesitated to sign on, fearing that I'd be interfering, in the way, of a very personal discussion.
We were together, talking about the outcome we hoped for and the emotions we were feeling as the votes came in, pointing to a resounding win for President-elect Barack Obama.
We celebrated the final results, cheering and crying together, via the internet. It took a bit of time before I understood one thing...this election has not only been a good thing for the country to the south of mine, it is going to be wonderful for the world at large.
There is a surge of healthy, positive and loving energy surrounding this man and his family. I'm not saying he's Moses, able to part the waters. What I do know is that he seems to have a good heart and a loving soul and that will make the difference, I believe.
Dear God, bless him and keep him safe.
Lord knows, he'll need all of the help, heavenly and otherwise, that is available to him.
Thank you, my friends in chat, for making me feel at home!
Enjoy this wonderful new course that you and your country are about to begin.
I'll be watching and cheering as you go!
"If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost." ~ Barack Obama