Clear Eyes and Full Heart – My Change of Heart Regarding Mitt Romney
The day after the first Romney/Obama debate my friend Moira sent me a picture of a poster above the door Mitt Romney was walking through just before the debate. The poster read, “Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Can’t Lose!” – the words from the well known Friday Night Lights high school football story. It reminded us both of a post she wrote for Conservatives4Palin late last September just before Sarah Palin announced she decided not to run for President. The post was about Friday Night Lights and having a good attitude going into what we thought was going to be a tough fight to garner her the Republican nomination.
Many of us still wish Sarah Palin was the coach in this game for the presidency. But the coach is Mitt Romney. Initially, when Governor Palin said she was not going to vie for the job of head coach, I didn’t want to play anymore. I wanted to throw my helmet on the ground and walk out of the locker room and get as far away from the field as I could get. It took a little while before I realized how foolish that attitude was. I needed to do what was best for the team, even if I felt angry and hurt having to play for any coach other than Sarah Palin… and especially having to play for Mitt Romney. I did not want to abandon my team, but I didn’t have a clear mind or full heart about it.
I started to budge a little in my attitude when I started to get to know the new coach’s wife, Anne. I didn’t want to like her because I did not like her husband, but I couldn’t help myself. She seemed so genuine and real and I found her to be funny, engaging and playful. Ok, I had to admit she was beautiful, too. And there was something about her that always made me giddy inside….kind of like how Drew Barrymore makes me feel when I see her lighting up the screen with her performances or doing interviews charming her hosts with her sense of humor, beauty and down to earth realness. It all very much took me off guard because it is rare that I ever feel that way about people, especially those who I don’t want to like.
Ok, so I was on board with Anne Romney, but not her husband. Somewhere deep down Anne was my in for eventually coming around to Mitt. I figured that if a woman like Anne Romney could capture my heart, maybe I could find something good about the man who captured hers. I watched Anne give her speech at the Republican convention. I was my usual giddy self as she charmed me again and charmed many in America as she talked about her husband.
On the Thursday of the convention I watched Mitt Romney’s speech for anything I could find likeable about him. I did it for Anne. By the end of the speech I started to be able to picture him as President. I even felt myself almost starting to maybe like him a little, but the idea that Sarah Palin should have been standing up there giving that acceptance speech still gnawed at me. For whatever reason she chose not to run and was not standing before the delegates accepting their nomination, I still blamed Mitt and his campaign.
The days and weeks following the convention I started to see Mitt Romney in a different light. For anyone who watches Glenn Beck, I saw a show where Glenn brought all of these people on to talk about the REAL Mitt Romney. The Mitt Romney who has done so many good works for so many people. Mitt doesn’t like to talk about these things – a modest man never does. Watch Glenn Beck’s show reavealing the real person behind the media’s depiction of him. You will not feel the same about Mitt Romney when you see him through the eyes of the recipients of his good deeds. Here is the link to Glenn Beck’s show.
My walls were coming down. I started to see Mitt Romney as a good-hearted Christian family man. That was something very important to me. I now LIKED Mitt Romney as a person, but I wasn’t yet totally convinced about him as a candidate or President. Then came the debate.
It wasn’t until the debate that I saw Mitt Romney as a real leader and someone uniquely prepared to take on the problems America is facing and will face in the future. I also saw him as possibly the best person at this time to take the helm of America’s wayward ship. I had prayed so often and so fervently to God to give us Sarah Palin. I put a stipulation in there to give God room to answer my prayers; if it was not her time, I asked God to give us a someone whose time it was. Someone who could lead us out of the darkness the Obama administration had led America into for the last four years. Sometimes God answers our prayers in ways we never expect and often don’t understand. Perhaps this is one of those times. Perhaps Mitt was the answer to those prayers.
I am still one of Sarah Palin’s greatest supporters. I don’t trust anyone as much as I trust her. One day it will be her time. And she will shine like no other star ever has. I will be beside her fighting for her whenever or wherever she may ever call me or need me. But right now, I am a PROUD supporter and believer of Mitt Romney. He has won me over, and that ain’t easy since I am very skeptical of politicians these days. I am sorry it took me so long, but I am here and I plan on working (and PRAYING!) as hard as I can until November 6th to make sure we have a new president November 7th. AND, of course, let me not forget to mention that we will have the BEST First Lady this country has ever had.
Now, I have clear eyes and a full heart. We cannot lose.
Here is an excerpt from that beautiful article by Moira Crooks:
One of my all-time favorite television shows was Friday Night Lights. It was a short lived take on a high school football team in small town Texas, based on the movie and book of the same name. The show touched on the lives and relationships, football and the people in the middle. The head coach, known by all in the town as Coach Taylor, ends his pre-game speech with the phrase, “Clear eyes, full hearts,” and the players finish, “Can’t lose!” When I first heard this, I have to say I was excited. It brought back that feeling right before a game. Granted I was a cheerleader, but the feeling is the same. There is something pure about it. To play with clear eyes is to play with a good attitude, removed from negative distractions. To play with full hearts means to give a complete effort and put your heart in to each game. We end with “can’t lose, because with a good attitude and a full effort, you have already won.Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.
It’s scary to live in the now and not know what the future holds. It means we can’t just sit back and observe life passively anymore. We can’t wait for the day to come when someone or something will make our lives better. Suddenly, it’s about tonight’s game. We become the players, when before we were just the people in the stands. We get tossed around and beaten up and tackled, but we trust that our gear will keep us safe. We trust that our coaches and teammates know what they’re doing. We trust that we’ve practiced hard enough, and that we’ll be able to take down the next 250 lb gut check that comes our way. And then we play the game like our lives are at stake—because we know that they are. We need to get out of our comfort zones and step out in faith when it comes to getting our country back. We have to prepare, practice, and make certain that when the big game comes, we can do what it takes to win so we can restore America to greatness.
by Moira Crooks