Babies were born and grandparents passed on November 3. Somebody got their ideal job. Another person was laid off. Oh, yes, there was a vote on Tuesday, too.

About 80% of American adults did not vote for your candidate. About 70 million voted as you did; about70 million voted for the other guy and the rest didn’t vote at all.

In some elections we know within 24 hours who the leader will be. This election, like many others, will take longer to determine. Many people that you know and care about are particularly intense about this election. Cut them some slack.

For more than 200 years the US has elected leaders. Some are great, others not so good. During those decades, our country has survived wars, depressions, plagues, and pandemics.

Neither you nor I can hurry the results. However, both you and I can be gracious, and show extra understanding, even when we encounter people who are wearing their anxiety or intensity on their sleeve.

Our national institutions have a successful history of peacefully resolving important and turbulent matters. Let’s trust that it will happen again this time.

If you’re a praying person, please pray for our nation. If you can muster it consider praying for someone who didn’t vote as you did.

Please show extra grace in the next week. The people around you will appreciate your tact and compassion.

What do you think? How can we show grace in these intense times?

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Terry Moore, CCIM, is the author of Building Legacy Wealth: How to Build Wealth and Live a Life Worth Imitating. Read his “Welcome to My Blog.

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