Believe it or not, we’re very busy around here.
While the nation’s eyes are fixated on political things, we’re spending our days working hard on behalf of our clients, talking through tax-advantaged financial moves, entity formations, retirement options, and more.
Simply put, we’re here for you, no matter what’s happening.
And that’s also why we’re specifically putting this note together on Monday, November 2nd, before Election Day, before we know the outcome of this election (which is assuming we will even know the outcome sometime soon).
We want to put this idea out there for us all NOW:
Regardless of what happens this week, we must all somehow move forward together and now is when the real work begins…
Again, as we’re writing this, it’s Monday. These notes are written at the very start of every workweek, before the “tyranny of the urgent” keeps us from getting to them altogether; but they get sent out later in the week. Our thoughts here then are from BEFORE anything was known of the outcome, so you know they’re coming without any kind of dog in the fight, so to speak. Our professional posture is one of political neutrality, and it will continue to be. Both Republicans and Democrats deserve amazing tax service!
And hey… maybe as something to distract you from all the craziness out there, we can take a quick dive into history?
Healthy Skepticism About “Doomsday Predictions”
“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” – Charles Kettering
In 1833, Abraham Lincoln witnessed a meteor shower that rained shooting stars from the sky. At the time, people throughout North America were sure that the shower signaled the end of the world. The young Lincoln used the memory to bring home a point decades later, as he spoke to a large delegation of bank presidents during the darkest times of the Civil War.
During this meeting, one of the bank presidents asked Lincoln if his confidence in the survival of the Union was waning a little bit.
Lincoln answered: “When I was a young man in Illinois, I boarded for a time with a deacon of the Presbyterian church. One night I was roused from my sleep by a rap
at the door and I heard the Deacon’s voice exclaiming, ‘Arise, Abraham, the day of judgment has come.’ I sprang from my bed and rushed to the window and saw the stars falling in great showers.
“But looking back … I saw all the grand old constellations with which I was so well acquainted, fixed and true in their places.
“Gentlemen, the world did not come to an end then, nor will the Union now.”
Perhaps it was this incident that led President Lincoln to pen, and deliver, one of the most remarkable political speeches in world history — remarkable for its graciousness and humility in the midst of brutal civil war (with hundreds of thousands lying dead in the ground).
“With malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
No matter what happens on election day, seems like we will do well to keep those words from President Lincoln in our minds and hearts, as we move into the future together.
Your Pronto Income Tax Team