First, vote. As we waited to vote this morning my neighbor had tears in her eyes as she described this sacred act to my kids. I know you know this, but it’s always worth remembering that people have died for their right to get to the ballot box. That certainly puts waiting on line in perspective. This country is a gift.
But regardless of the result there are going to be millions of Americans in pain tomorrow. It’s important that the victors treat their opposition with respect and understanding and a willingness to listen. No one has ever made that point more eloquently than our greatest president.
If Lincoln can send this message to the country at the end of the Civil War than surely we can all be bigger than the anger and the pain we have all been feeling lately.
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
—Lincoln’s Second Innaugaral Address, one month before he died, March 1865
Stay in focus today, America.