For my country, and her friends everywhere:
I remember another November day, way back in 1963, when we were taken home early from elementary school to mourn the tragic loss of our beloved President, John F. Kennedy. I remember reeling, bewildered and scared to death as our seemingly invincible elders sobbed, temporarily paralyzed.
While we may have felt that we couldn’t go on, we did. Sure, keeping on led us through more unspeakable tragedies–the assassinations of our beloved Bobby Kennedy and beloved Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam war–and keeping on also led us to the realization of the expansive dreams and lofty goals our heroes had championed, reflecting our better selves: the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Voting Rights Act of 1965; Title IX and women entering the paid work force in unprecedented numbers; people landing on the moon, the election of our first black President and on and on.
Today, I am reminded of how great we have been, how great we are and how great we can be. And so, for me: tenacity; fierce expansiveness, and abundant kindness! LOVE