I have often made the comment that I “learn something new every day” in this job as Village President. Almost two years into it, and this observation still rings true. It continues to amaze me that I have so much yet to understand about our Village, and about government, and about myself. The lesson for today was about inner strength. Last night’s Village Board meeting was a challenging one for a variety of reasons. A controversial topic, Video Gaming, was back on the agenda, and I had to break not one, but two ties relating to this. We have extended the trial period for another 120 days, but are holding off for now on sending it back to the Plan Commission and Zoning Board until we get more resident feedback. A Village-wide survey is coming out in April, which will have questions related to the update of the Comprehensive Plan, and a few relating to video gaming. Add a difficult conversation with a Trustee and campaign-related drama to the mix, and it made for a high-tension evening. What got me through it was the advice I was wisely given the day before from two former Board members. It centered around attitude and confidence, and came from a place of experience. I am extremely lucky to have mentors to step in and support me when times get tough. The lessons are still there every day waiting for me. And so far, I am still eager to learn.