For me, the best part of the season is connecting — not just with family, but also with friends i’ve come to consider as family.
Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, it’s hard to deny that these are troubled times. Thinking about not accepting injustice also brings to mind the pitfalls of ‘fighting fire with fire.’
I recently came across this stirring quote about peacemaking — and was particularly moved by its vision of actively pushing back and yet breaking out of an escalating cycle of retribution:
Yes, the real work is in hashing out *how* to enact such lofty principles — but we can and must let inspiration like this at least get us started.
(Sam Wilson, in Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’)
I think this applies both to the effort to dispel another’s ignorance, as well as to thinking your own can be corrected.
(Cloud Cult, “Through the Ages”)
(Stephen Hawking, 1942-2018)
I would add that any healthy relationship can provide a mirror that reflects as well the best of who we already are. Attention to both — to our underlying dignity, and to areas where we could become our better selves — can arouse in us the desire for personal growth.