It has been two days since the election results came in and dreams of millions, but yours in particular, were lost. I can’t read any more think piece autopsies of why we failed. I just want to write to you in an effort to convey my respect and sincere gratitude.
Beyond the appreciation I feel for your decades of public service, it is your perseverance and accomplishments, in the face of divisiveness, misogyny, false claims, and hyperbole that I admire most. No mere mortal could have maintained their composure and focus the way you have.
I know that self-care, introspection and solitude are needed in moments like these. I hope you are spending time with those whom you love and cherish. I am still rapid cycling through the stages of grief; not quite ready to be the bigger person and accept this defeat. Unlike you, who demonstrated grace throughout this campaign, especially in the speech you gave just hours after your concession.
I am not a person of faith but in times of loss and despair I turn to my Yoga practice and the bumper stickers of wisdom I have collected over the years-- a mash up of Eastern Philosophy and down home wisdom. One that came up almost immediately for me was ‘Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck’ attributed to the Dalai Lama.
It is conjecture to imagine what the next four years would have been like for you. However, I think it is reasonable to suggest that the obstructive actions and hateful rhetoric you, and therefore we, would have had to endure might just have broken us irrevocably.
As Republicans seem to have taken a particular interest in your demise, long before we sent each other emails, there is no doubt that Donald Trump’s supporters, and their elected officials, would not be capable of the gracious reserve you and the majority of your supporters are exhibiting right now.
Your commitment to Democracy is strong enough to step aside, even though you were quantifiably more qualified, dignified, prepared and capable than any other person who aspired for the position. For this, Mrs. Clinton, you are a hero to me and millions of people at home and abroad.
Thank you for being brave, for not backing down to the sexism you have faced in your life. Thank you for being patient with this country. A country which clearly has lessons to learn before it is ready to accept and embrace a woman with your resume to represent us.
With a heavy but hopeful heart, thank you for aspiring to lead us towards a progressive future we are clearly not collectively ready to receive.