I hope we awake this morning with a new president-elect, and that the election night was as uneventful as the campaign was eventful.

No matter who is chosen, the hard work lies ahead. She or he will be assuming office at a time similar to Abraham Lincoln, with the country philosophically divided and tensions running high.

I doubt that either Clinton or Trump’s speechwriters are as eloquent as Lincoln, so I leave you with a few of his words to ponder on this historic day:

Lincoln ended his first Inaugural Address with this impassioned plea:

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

I wish for the better angels of our nature to be called forth in the coming term.

beth triplett

Source: Wikipedia, Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address, 1861

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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