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In this election cycle the temptation to move to “either / or” is often driven by an unwillingness to live between two realities, a desire to avoid that pain that comes from realizing that I do not have all the answers. Today’s polarizing political landscape reflects the lazy philosophy of partisan comfort, where neither side is able to look beyond the end of their own nose. If we are to live in this world and truly make a difference we must have a flexibility that allows us to live in the tension of two opposing viewpoints without dissolving into rash judgement. The issues that matter require deep and honest consideration, compassion and an attitude without scorn. It is far too easy to slip into the groove with the crowd. This is the work that must be done long before we mark the ballot. 

Thanks to Nancy Ortberg for her thoughts on leadership in her book “Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands” that shed light on areas that are completely relevant this election season. As has been the case since history began there is always  burning need for true leadership. We cannot expect the government to do the work we are unwilling to do ourselves. We are the government. As it turns out, we must all learn to be leaders of some kind or other during our lives. No matter who is in the White House, no country is greater than it’s weakest link. Don’t be that link.

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