If you could embody the qualities of someone you respect and admire, what would they be? Maybe it’s the Dalai Lama’s peaceful presence, sense of humor, and that he doesn’t pretend to know everything. Answering would be easier if we could cherry-pick from several people, mother’s work habits, Betty’s kindness, and Aunt Molly’s unique wardrobe.
Reading about defenders of justice and freedom inspires us. Humanity's inherent sense of fairness is embedded in us and passed on to the young. The exceptions are people born or forced into horrid conditions where survival is the only goal. But even then, a few rise to the challenge. Looking at myself from an outside the forest perspective, I admit that my boldness could use a shot of B12.
Why do we cry? Sitting with a group of women, my friend, Ruth, commented on the recent impeachment hearings. She said that seeing women step up and speak to power brought tears to her eyes. The rest of us didn’t respond right away. We lacked the words to describe how her words affected us — a feeling plucking at our heartstrings.