What I learnt from the US elections 

The thing about us people… we all, at some time or the other, forget to stop and smell the flowers. We keep wanting to achieve more, fight harder, get up there and forget that it’s not about getting to the top, it’s about the journey. 

Today Hillary Clinton lost gracefully and she truly knew how to make an exit. Watching her speak in the concession speech, made me feel inspired but also realise why we do what we do. She said “Fighting for what’s right is worth it” and the she goes on to make a touching point about moving on, looking to the future and respecting the decision that Trump is the next president. I was still dazed at the result of the US election this point but then in Obamas first address today, he made an amazing point: “And then if we lose we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena, we go at it, we try even harder the next time.”

I wanted to share this with you. These words mean a lot to me, maybe because I feel they teach you how to lose. Winners are always there in the media, thrust in our faces, big smiling champions who become inspirational to young and old. But who ever looks back at the runner up, the consolation prize winner? In my view these people are equally inspirational, in fact more so as they teach you how to deal with the setbacks and look at the future for the sake of the big picture. 
I know this is a non-crochet blog, but I wanted to write this down. More to remind me and maybe my kids one day, the value of being a loser and then getting up again. It happens more than once and we all need something inspirational to turn to. 
Hope you are all having fun, being happy and crocheting up a storm.

Payal 😘