In a politically heated world, it is easy to forget that it is not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.
When we focus too much on a goal of winning, we may falter in our understanding of what we perceive we are up against. It becomes too easy to for us to let emotion sway our reason, sway our perception of truth. In the end whether we win or whether we lose, we still must be able to move forward.
When we become polarized in our ideas of right and wrong, ferocious in our belief that the other side is not only the opponent, but desires the destruction of all we hold dear; when this happens we run the risk of our own ruin. For no matter the outcome of the election, the world will no longer meet the standards we have set, no politician will ever make us happy, and no law will satisfy our thirst for a sense of perfection. Politicians will promise, platforms will declare, but in the end disappointment will be our companion if we do not learn that the political apparatus cannot supply a sense of wellbeing. Only we can supply that feeling, that sense of prosperity, that sense of safety.
When we vote in an election, especially when the election is close, we must focus on the value of the process and not simply on the outcome we desire. This will ensure that win or lose, we will feel good about ourselves, our efforts, and our opponents, once the game is over.