Yesterday I was speaking with a colleague whom I truly admire for her professionalism, wisdom and perhaps most of all her calming demeanor. I know that yesterday was a challenging day for many of us given the uncertainty surrounding the election. With our emotions on high, it's helpful to reflect both individually and with others. I was grateful for this opportunity and hope you too had experiences like mine that helped you process things.
We spent some time talking about what I posted yesterday (here's the link) The way we respond to difficult - and yes even disappointing news - is our choice. I was sharing with her that I truly felt that much like the election, this is a moment of choice. I've been as addicted to the news and social media as much as anyone and there is plenty of handwringing and fingerprinting. How could the pollsters get it so wrong? How can we be so divided? How could (fill in your "other" side) vote for (fill in the person you didn't vote for)? Certainly these are all questions worth asking.
But I'll go back to my first point. This is a moment of choice to either go further down the rabbit hole of despair or do something quite the opposite. You can take this moment to declare your commitment to serving. And in that serving, you can make it a point to listen more attentively to those with views other yours. You can commit to do work that heals and relieves division. There are many reasons I love my coaching work and it feels like this is a very unique moment to be of service to others.
To those that might have read what I wrote yesterday you might be saying, this is just a repeat. Or, if you're a fan of the Deadpool movies (I am!) you might say "that's lazy writing" - You know I can't resist references to Superhero movies! But you're right. I am largely repeating it because on reflection I feel even stronger about this moment of opportunity.
So, we all may be wondering for a few more hours or days about the outcome of our election.
We don't have to wonder about what we do with this moment.