Web Editor: Mike Eng
"How are you feeling about the presidential election?" many have asked me obviously knowing how I voted and if you supported the President-elect; please feel free to skip today's memo and rejoin me next week. The reactions of friends I know have ranged from depression and even skipping public events to joining in the noisy mostly peaceful demonstrations (which I have personally witnessed downtown) and these reactions and everything in between are surely understandable. Here's my list of how I coped with the election both on election night and beyond... 1. Celebrating and Honoring VeteransThere surely must be a divine reason why historically, Veterans Day falls right after a presidential election - so that no matter who wins, we have a reason to all join together in honoring the sacrifice of our Veterans including those who have passed on. Attending almost a dozen Veteran-related events in the past week I was struck by the fact that no one mentioned the divisiveness of the recent election because we all too busy focused on and learning from the men and women who have served, are currently serving, and will continue to serve our nation regardless of who sits in the White House, the Congress or the Supreme Court. 2. Seeking Out Inspiring Women Community Leaders and Role Models Even though Hillary Clinton didn't become president, she inspired dozens of women leaders who have made and will continue to expand their leadership in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. 3. Seeing our Youth as the Hope for the Future:Millennial voters constituted about 20% of the voters last week and they played and will continue to play a larger and larger role in the national and local elections as their numbers will eclipse that of the baby boomers. At the marches and demonstrations that I witnessed for the past several days in downtown Los Angeles, youthful activists comprised most of the crowd that passionately voiced their concerns about the election results and the country's future. 4. Consulting with Thinkers and Doers:Sometimes when times are tough, it helps to communicate with "experts" who have a longer term view and who can give a better perspective of things to come based on their experiences of the past. 5. Going to a Movie: (aka: Mike's Movie Moment)Just in time to deal with this year’s election the movie "Arrival" stars Amy Adams in an Oscar worthy performance as a linguist who has been selected to lead a team to try to communicate with some other-worldly creatures who have arrived in a gaggle of giant surfboard shaped domes. (Spoiler Alert) Her stunning journey into what we think is her past but which is actually the future allows her to cull the depths of her darkest thoughts about the death of her child to now understand the "writings" of octopus-like creatures who communicate through an aquarium like chamber. So ready are we for the slightest form of escapism that by movie's end, we have been convinced that the entire universe can be saved by the intelligence of an amazing woman who overcomes the dangerous dissimilitude of diverging despots to bring about world peace. Now wouldn't that take anyone's mind off of an election?