Tragedy. It shocks us into this very moment – which is truly all we ever have. This moment, right now. When we find ourselves here, and now, we have Beginner’s Mind, a place of openness, without defenses or preconception.
Tragedy also has the power to bring out the best in us. I recall those days after September 11th, walking around New York City and its citizens had one big pulsing heartbeat. Unity was ubiquitous and kindness pervasive.
Listening to Obama’s Tucson speech this morning, I not only mourned for the lives lost and injured in Saturday’s shooting but also… I was filled with gratitude, humility, inspiration. Here is the Obama that shines, who lifts us up and holds us to a higher standard. He calls upon us to be better citizens ~ more compassionate and civil human beings. I will heed his call. I implore you to do the same.
With my beginner’s mind, I eagerly allow myself to be lifted up and carried. To intently carry and uplift, with all the resources and skills I have.
I will abide by my President’s words: I will expand my moral imagination, I will use my words to heal and not to wound, I will align my priorities with my actions, and I will commit to forging an America that lives up to the expectations of our country’s children.
I will take responsibility for the immense privilege I have to call this great country my own.
- Text: President Obama’s Tucson Memorial Speech (cbsnews.com)