Well, we made it. The election is over and it’s time to get back to our lives. Predictively, 40% of Americans are thrilled, another 40% are throwing tantrums in the streets and, as always, 20% just don’t seen to care.

Whether you are thrilled or saddened, one thing we can all celebrate is the peaceful transition of power in Washington, D.C. We are one of the few countries in the world that accomplish this regularly and for that, we should all be thankful.

Because of the extended length of the campaign, the vitriol on both sides, combined with the 24 X 7 news cycle, perhaps we should all just take a deed breath and reflect a bit. With the holidays all but upon us, we have the opportunity to take stock, count our blessings, stay a bit closer to friends and family and chart a new course for our collective future.

I am critically aware of the push for year end business results, planning for next year, doing performance appraisals and all the rest but we’ve all been stressed beyond reason and I believe turning the wick down for the next couple of months will pay great dividends.

2017 will be here before we know it so why not plan to have a great year?  Why not plan to spend a bit more time with family and friends, why not learn to enjoy our limitless bounty more and why not plan to let a little bit more love into our lives.

I know I am planning to do just that.