Dear fellow humans,
Amidst a sobering day, one in which we are sure to find ourselves experiencing waves of shock, sadness, anger, shame and guilt, I have one message for you (I'm also writing this letter to myself): Do not despair. This is a new dawn.
Yes, feel your emotions, express them, but do not give in to creating any disempowering narratives that make Trump, his supporters, the electoral process, the United States or capitalism wrong. Please do not try to justify your emotions with reasons or actions. Please do not make any big decisions today. Please do not leave the country. You are cherished and loved and your leadership is needed. On the morning after the 2004 election, I made all these aforementioned errors. I wrote long succession treatises, I chastised those who didn't vote or voted third party, and made up all sorts of reasons why the Matrix, capitalism, and Republicans needed to be destroyed.
It didn't get me anywhere. I spent the better part of a decade making Americans / the government / the GOP / capitalism wrong, and in the process, abdicating my leadership and playing small. Leaders don't get to make anyone wrong; leaders take full responsibility for what happens. We cannot afford to have you or anyone else who craves a more beautiful world, play small and abdicate their leadership. We need to get curious, take a bigger perspective, a longer view and look at what is really going on. But first, let me explain my biases, and why I hold this moment for our country and species as a sacred moment - a new dawn.
More often than not I find myself in progressive ranks. I ride my bicycle, eat local / sustainable, go to yoga and debate the issues. I live in Berkeley, California. I raise money for Bernie, the Pachamama Alliance and the ManKind Project. For work, I get to make the world a better place by empowering purpose-driven leaders - I teach online courses here at Planet Purpose Leadership Academy, teach live university courses on these subjects and have a coaching and consulting practice where I work with executives and companies to awaken their purpose-driven leadership. For fun, I like to hike and camp, take in theater, read, write and do spiritual and personal development programs. Now this isn't the whole story. I was also born in the country, raised in the Midwest with all the privilege afforded to a 6'2" wealthy white male. I was a banker bro - an investment banker and a member of jock fraternity and all-male country club. I have an Ivy League MBA and have worked for a number of large corporations - Sony, Autodesk, Merrill Lynch and Aol. What these experiences have taught me is that all people, regardless of their politics are good. What these experiences have taught me is that there is only love in the world, and this love gets shaped and cultivated by our experiences, culture, education, personal / purpose development work (or lack thereof) and understanding of the world.
There is only love. It is love that is underneath your sadness and anger. If you didn't love humanity, you would not be so emotional right now. If you didn't want a more beautiful world you would not be so saddened by what the worst case scenario could hold for our country and the planet, especially for people of color, women, inner-city youth, the elderly, Mexicans, Muslims, the GLBTQ community, those yet to be born and the millions of plant and animal species depending on our stewardship.
So here's what there is to do today:
The aspects of a high-definition life purpose: