Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Hubris has been evident throughout this election cycle, especially among pundits who proved to be consistently incorrect in their predictions regarding who was going to win which primary or caucus. Pundits who often appear to believe their prognostications are more important than the issues and the voices and votes of the American people.

It would be more helpful to the process if instead of focusing on the tactics or horse race of the primary process, that those who have the ability to amplify a message would instead provide information on issues for the American people to focus on and work through. In the end, the American people will decide, through their action or inaction, who will lead our nation.

Perhaps the presidential candidates will be reminded of this call to humility this Lenten season, remembering that the campaign -- in the end -- is not about them, their campaign staffs or their advisors, but about the American people.

Let us also be humbled and reminded of our responsibility as citizens in our great nation. A democracy is only as effective as its citizens are active. Our job is to think through the issues, relying not on pundits' statements and campaign slogans, but on our understanding of each candidate's experience platform and policies.

This is hard work, not for the weak nor weary. But work that is worthwhile.

Let this period of Lent be one of introspection and reflection, allowing you to determine what is important to you, preparing you to take action to make it happen.

Rest, reflect and be humbled. Lent will soon be over. The activities of spring and the general election will soon be upon us. Make sure you are prepared to fully participate.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.