Wisdom from Meghan

Regardless of whether you thought Sunday’s bombshell Oprah+Meghan TV interview was worth your time, one of the revelations Meghan Markle shared during the two-hour conversation offered some wisdom:

Have compassion for people. You have no idea what’s going on behind their bright smiles, polished perceptions and fabulous photo ops.

As we pass the one-year milestone of pandemic living, we do indeed know that everyone is going through something, and wherever you find yourself on the pendulum, be intentional about judging less and caring more.

You could be someone’s differencemaker.

When Not To Shift

Happy first day of March! As we prepare for more sunlight and warmer temps (in most parts of the U.S.), the promise of spring brings an opportunity to shift from how we ‘ve been living or to stay the course, in various ways.

We still find ourselves on a treadmill of not-quite-normal, pandemic-fueled living; and even with vaccines being distributed as quickly as possible, decisions have to be made about where to go or not, what to attend or avoid, and how to stay safe, day-to-day.

What remains certain amidst it all are our opportunities to be steadfast in never shifting from hope.

We can give in to impatience – who would have thought 12 months ago around this time that we’d soon be forced into mass quarantine and that masks would become the new fashion staple? And who would have thought that a year later, in March 2021, that we’d still be living this way? Or we can resolve to make hope our secret weapon – using it as a tool to help us win with class, fall with grace, work collaboratively, expect the best from others, give the best to others and lead with a servant’s heart.

The choice is ultimately up to us – to you.

Will you allow the promise of springtime to birth in you renewed motivation to hope more deeply and act on what you’re hoping for? Will you join me in embracing the shift into a higher gear of intentionality?

Let’s go for it, because…why not? When we become more consistent and persistent, what no longer serves us will inevitably fall away, leaving in its wake our stubborn hope.

In this way, we will honor the essence of who we are, so that our lives can continually yield light, render joy and dispense some measure of good, in the season to come and in the many seasons beyond.

 

Remembering 9/11: Beauty for Ashes

By Stacy Hawkins Adams
Today I’m remembering 9/11/01 and honoring the lives lost and the heroes who stepped forward in the aftermath of that tragic day. Where were you on that day 16 years ago?
It was my first day back in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newsroom after giving birth to my son. He was 12 weeks old and in the care of his loving sitter, “Nana.” I had scheduled an interview with the leader of a local Muslim worship center for an inspirational column I wrote at that time. (Talk about “coincidence.”)
After the planes hit the towers that morning, we reporters leapt into action. The Muslim worship center (mosque), which was filled with children attending classes, went on lockdown as fearful parents showed up to claim their students; but the Imam trusted me and still allowed me to come and enter. He shared how heartbroken he and many others were over this tragedy.
As we remember the devastation of that day, let’s also remember the humanity that was birthed from the ashes. May we continue to seek and serve the humanity in others, trusting that love really is the antidote to all hate.