The next day

Last week during election night, President Obama said, “no matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning, and America will still be the greatest nation on earth.” As difficult as it was for many Americans to approach the next day with such pragmatism, our character is shaped by our attitude after heartbreaking defeat.

Quite often it’s easy to abandon our hopes and dreams when we face setbacks, especially those we least expect. But loss frequently creates an opportunity for reflection and learning. We can analyze the data. We can revisit our strategies. We can look for areas of hubris or myopia.

Eventually, though, we must embrace our loss, look ourselves in the mirror, and approach the next day with resilience and fortitude.

How we approach the next day — the day immediately following our defeat— will establish how we approach future moments where we do not perform to our highest standards. As hackneyed as the expression “one day at a time” sounds, a day is the simplest the measurement of time. Forget about yesterday. All you can control is your attitude today. Which attitude are you offering to the world today? One of hopelessness or resilience?

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