Likely by the end of the evening we'll have an answer. One side will be jubilant and the other left unsatisfied and defeated. Some will feel hopeful and some will feel despair. It's the inevitable result of the vote.
Even more important than whether you will be frustrated with the result of the election or not, is the overwhelming feeling of an erosion of trust in the common decency of our fellow citizens. This election has brought about a feeling of disgust for many. A feeling that there's a general lack of morale compass.
The good news is that the political candidates do not have as great of an impact on us as we can have on each other daily. Do not lose focus of the fact that each and every day we are more impactful to each other than any President or other politician can ever be. You are powerful and impactful.
We may have to live within the established political system, but on a daily basis we live within our own homes, our own communities, our own minds, our own bodies, our own spirits and we have significant influence within those things.
I am encouraged by what I see. I am hopeful and inspired. All of you reading this encourage, inspire and give me hope. What I see going on within our communities gives me hope, spurs me on to know that not all is bad in our country or in the world.
When I witness acts of kindness, acts of care, acts of love I am hopeful. When I witness acts of empathy and compassion I am hopeful. When I witness acts of generosity and gratitude I am hopeful. When I witness acts of forgiveness and grace I am hopeful. Yes, I see it and I am hopeful. Humankind is innately good.
So as this election comes to a close tonight, I invite you to...
Be the example...shine your light bright for all to witness, it's contagious. YOU can make a difference. YOU are powerful.
Be the hope...knowing that good things are happening on the grass roots level and that we are innately good. Inspire that hope in others.
Have faith...in the knowledge that it'll all be okay, we've been through things like this before, we are innately good.
Pray...send out prayers for our new President that he or she may lead with love and wisdom for the highest and best good of all people.
Remember that we are all one...I vote for and have faith and hope in us.
Today, tomorrow, this week, be that example, be that shining light, be that beacon of hope and not one of despair, be the faith, be the love for all humankind. Don't get swallowed up in the negativity and drama rather lean into the light and be that. Remember that you are powerful, you are impactful within your own home, work, community, family and friendship circle.
I wrote this post and then, as the Universe would have it, I saw this posted on Facebook. It pretty much sums it all up. Enjoy!
The Day After Tomorrow
The Day after Tomorrow is the name of a movie about a catastrophic event that threatens to destroy our civilization.
The day after tomorrow is also the day (Wednesday) we will have a new President of the United States and regardless of who wins there will be some who see the election as a catastrophic event.
But I want you to know that no matter who wins, it’s not the end of civilization as we know it.
I want you to know that even if your candidate loses, you shouldn’t lose hope.
While you may feel powerless you have more power than you think.
You can’t control who wins the election, but you can control what you do the day after tomorrow.
You can be happy.
You can work hard.
You can love others.
You can make a difference.
You can pray for the new President to lead well and make great decisions.
You can invent something that changes the world.
You can start and build a successful business.
You can inspire your students and believe in them.
You can help heal someone.
You can feed the poor and help the needy.
You can raise your children with great values and principles.
You can make America great by being great at what you do.
The President will be in control of running the country, but you and only you are in control of running your life.
The day after tomorrow will not be a catastrophe. It will be another day to be your best and bring out the best in others.
Leadership is important. But one person doesn't make America. We make America.
- Jon Gordon