Lessons from the Campaign Trail

What a great Election Day!  These are some of the things I learned and re-learned yesterday:

1. Do what you can do.  I know that canvassing is not my thing, but I know that cold and hungry workers who are going door-to-door need hot and delicious food, and I know how to make it.  So I set out to have that be my “thing”, thinking that I would do it all day.  I brought the first mega-batch of chili to local headquarters and learned…

2.  You can’t put a triple-batch of chili into a regular crockpot and expect it to heat up at the same rate as a single batch!  Whoops.  Oh well, time took care of that and it was a big hit and meanwhile I learned…

3. Be flexible.  If canvassing is what’s needed, then that’s what I need to do!  Fortunately, I had a great team with Lava and Max, and we each did the parts we liked.  At the end of the day, we were exhausted and happy because…

(and this is the big one)

4. I need meaningful and productive work.  Maybe we all do.  But I surely do.  Working towards something and making visible progress is really rewarding and makes me happy.  Being part of a group of enthusiastic and positive people, working together over time, is also part of the formula for happiness, for me.

And then just when I thought I had learned all my lessons for the day, I also learned, from Steve:

5a. Never stick a sticker (such as a campaign sticker) on a suede item of clothing


5b. If you do, you can remove most of the residue with the edge of a spoon and then the remainder with a pencil eraser!

Now, on this “Day After”, and with any other Lessons Learned, the trick is to take it all #Forward!


I love to vote.  There is nothing like that feeling of walking into the polls, with all those other patriotic people working and voting, all part of this wonderful democracy that is so easy to take for granted on every other day.  

I learned this from Sally’s great blog: Here is a guide to today’s voting, state by state, from the Washington Post: The Fix’s Election Night Viewer’s Guide.

I have learned, over time, that I really do not like knocking on doors, but that I can feed the people who do! So after an early morning shift with signs at the polls, I’m off to cook some hot food – it’s cold out there!