I wrote this today on Facebook as a way to help a number of friends who are freaking out over the 2016 US presidential election. Maybe you are one of them. Either way, enjoy. —

Regarding the reports of bigorty, racism, misogyny, and so on…it's important to remember that the perpetrators already held such views well before this election, and have likely held them through their entire lives. They now, of course, feel emboldened to outwardly express those views, which is no excuse whatsoever for hurting others.

At the same time, their expressions are revealing the stark truth about many people in our country, a truth that essentially been suppressed to the point of coming out explosively. Continued suppression was never going to help them change their views. But now that they're out in the open, it's possible to shine some light on them. Without that, there's really no hope of transformation; by having these things exposed it becomes clear what kind of work remains to be done, and the level of positive energy that must be expressed to counter the negatives.

It reminds of me of Gandhi saying that the purpose of civil resistance and non-violence is to *provoke* a response until your adversaries essentially wake up to what they're really doing. He also said that "it will hurt, as all fighting hurts." There will be pain. There will be trials and suffering. What he–and MLK–demonstrated, though, is fighting for the light and fighting for truth, rather than fighting to punish, which is what happens when you fight violence with violence or otherwise allow yourself to descend into bitterness and anger. It's vitally important, therefore, to choose always to contribute to the light, rather than the darkness.

If you're struggling with anger, get some help. Find a way to turn that anger into motivation. If nothing else, get the Gandhi movie http://amzn.to/2fVS7g8and watch it about five times. Or you can watch documentaries about Nelson Mandela. These things will give you courage.

As it's been well said, "there are no problems, only opportunities." This is your opportunity to choose whether you'll rise to a higher consciousness, or descend into the lower along with those you depise.

On that note, I'll share two pieces I wrote about an email battle that erupted at Microsoft over twenty years ago. The first is an article called "The Power of Thoughts and Words" , http://www.kraigbrockschmidt.com/the-power-of-thoughts-and…/. The second, which tells the story more fully, is Chaper 13 of my memoir, *Mystic Microsoft: A Journey of Transformation in the Halls of High Technology." The chapter is entitled, "A Flick of the Switch." http://www.kraigbrockschmidt.com/mm/Chapter13.htm.

May you also be transformed by what you choose to flow through you.