To those of you who voted for the Conservatives last night, especially those who live in the part of Canada where I live, that big blue area.
Last night the blues didn't win, and that's ok.
It's ok because you live in a world where you have a say in these matters. It's ok because you live in a place where you are not killed in the streets because you voted blue or they voted red.
It's ok because the blues have had a good opportunity for the last ten years, to do good work. And now its the reds turn.
It's ok because the leader of the blues, Stephen Harper, led by example last night when he said:
"...our country is one of the most enduring democracies in the world today. And today, for the 42nd time in 148 years, Canadians have chosen a national parliament. While tonight’s result is certainly not the one we had hoped for, the people are never wrong. The Canadian population has elected a Liberal government, a result we accept without hesitation. "
The test of a man isn't shown when he wins but when he loses. And last night the leader of the blues tested well.
So for those who voted blue, today the reputation of the blues can be diminished with critical shots and personal insults, either in person or on twitter and Facebook.
Or cues can be taken from the leader of the Conservatives who was gracious, and we can celebrate this democracy of ours. Celebrate the past ten years. Celebrate that the next generation is stepping up to have a go at leading this nation. Celebrate and dance in the streets that no one was killed and shot down because of this process.
There are many good things to celebrate this morning.
So find good, affirm truth, search for the noble, the pure, the lovely, bless what is excellent and think about these things today.