Nov 07 2016

Is This the End or Just the Beginning…

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.  Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.  Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”   – John F. Kennedy


On the Eve of the 2016 US election, the range of emotions runs from bland apathy to utter terror.  Most will agree there is reason to be concerned based on the baggage that both major party candidates are chained to.   Regardless of who wins, the next president will face intense hostility and constant opposition.  In fact, it is quite possible that the loser will actually be the winner in the end.


And yet, as always, we must move forward and make the most of the situation regardless of what happens.  It is little consolation for those of us that can vote because it doesn’t seem there is any good option, but for the rest of the world that must sit by and watch from the sidelines, it is even more painful.  I know as I was a powerless bystander when Scotland voted to leave the UK and then most recently when the UK voted to leave the EU.  In both cases my life was significantly impacted and all I could do is watch as events unfolded.  So for all of us that must live with the consequences of the democratic processes of the day…here is a toast to what was and what will be!


Now for a word of advice (because I need this as much as anyone).  I suggest the following from Stephen Covey:

“Proactive people focus their efforts on their Circle of Influence.  They work on the things they can do something about: health, children, problems at work.  Reactive people focus their efforts in their Circle of Concern – things over which they have little or no control: the national debt, terrorism, the weather.  Gaining an awareness of those areas in which we expend our energy is a giant step in becoming proactive.”


Wow!  This is good stuff Stephen – thank you.  And a few prayers can’t hurt no matter which Circle you spend your life in.

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