Today I am heartened by several things:
1) the blog comments and emails in response to my post yesterday that I've received from a number of you (thank you!);
2) the messages of solidarity that I've received from friends of other nationalities from all over the world (thank you!);
3) the fact that Secretary Clinton won the popular vote so I (and friends of the same mindset) are not in the minority after all;
4) the encouragement and motivation and "filling up" I feel from being a member of and reading the posts by the not-so-secret Pantsuit Nation.
We are not alone in our hopes and dreams and desires for our country. We've got to stay focused on making it better for our children and our communities. Drown out the background noise of the naysaying and move forward.
I don't know if you watched Secretary Clinton's concession speech yesterday, but if you missed it, you should hightail it right to the Internet and watch it again and again. Even if you're a Trump supporter. Especially if you're a Trump supporter. It was the best, most heartfelt speech of her life, despite, I'm sure, being the most difficult to deliver. She is such a class act and really showed her class, grit, and grace yesterday. I was inspired.
I'll close with some of my favorite quotes from the speech:
"Please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it."
"And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."
"For now our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek, and I know you will."
"Finally I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I still believe as deeply as I ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us."
"Let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do."