The Grace of Being on the Losing Side

Well, some of my followers heard from me this week as I struggled to make sense of Tuesday’s election.  It will probably not come as a surprise to you that the author of a blog with the concept “grace” as its cornerstone, as well as an ardent student of “servant” types of leadership, would not be a huge proponent of Donald Trump’s.  So when Tuesday’s election results became a reality in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, I was stunned and downtrodden. What I have learned through the help of life’s losses, good friends, and wonderful coaches is when you feel most vulnerable, reach out for help.  So I did that.

So, this is a repeat for some of you, but over the course of the next few days, I will post the email I sent to approximately 18 of my girlfriends/colleagues and the thoughtful responses they returned to me.  In addition, I am now a part of a Georgetown email community and a similar thread was started by one of the community members.  I will include a few of those responses.

I know some of you who follow this blog are Trump supporters.  I congratulate you on the win, and I hope you take these blog posts in the spirit they are meant.  This blog is about grace in all its many forms.  It is about my journey and the lessons I learn in trying to find grace.  I lay open my vulnerabilities and ask you to accept them even if you don’t agree with my viewpoints.  I welcome, as always, your comments and insights.

I will pray for our President elect and hope that he finds wisdom and grace in dealing with the diverse issues that face our American people.  So many are counting on him and his leadership.  Likewise, I will pray for all of us as leaders–and we are all leaders in one form or another–that we have the grace of forgiveness, open-mindedness, tolerance, and wisdom to hold productive conversations and the steadfastness to stand up for the values that mean so much to us.

I will send out the email and some of the responses tomorrow, and I will trickle the rest of the responses out over the next few posts.

As I hope you know, I love and appreciate my followers and am glad to bring you the thoughts and reflections of so many strong women of grace.

 

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Beverly

Learning is my passion and life is my classroom of lessons I experience along the way.

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