I am a lively and light-filled person. "light" was my first spoken word at 6 mos old. Friends say: "and she hasn't stopped talking since!" They say it with a smile and in a kindly tone but "'tis true 'tis true". I do wish I were as skillful a listener as I am a talker. I work on that skill with intentional attention ... still.
I survived a life-ending brain aneurysm, and have no measurable residule symptoms. I am a declared "Miracle" per the MD's. Took "the journey" and came back. verrry interrrestink!
I am just trying my best and I think that is true for most other folks too.
What Gives Me Hope
When I encounter or witness a spontaneous kindness.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
If I were president I would: 1/ ask Congress to approve the Kyoto Accord and I would sign it. AND I would see to it that it was enforced. Economic hazards are nothing in the face of an uninhabitable planet.
2/ ask Congress to pass legislation for a flat across the board (no loop holes or special deductions) 10% income tax for everyone. 3/ invert the spending budget in regards military vs. education.
What/who changed my life and why
I met Alice Paul in 1972. She was in her 80's and amazingly articulate and attractive. She was the most important human being I have encountered. I knew this instantly. She introduced herself to me but I didn't know what her name meant. We spent an afternoon chatting in her parlor in her Georgian mansion home on Capitol Hill, which was the headquarters of her WOMEN'S PARTY; she made me lemonade. I wish I had known about her life and how much she had done for my life. I wish I had said "THANK YOU" for all of that.
I only saw her that one time because, although she invited me to return, I never did. I was afraid... afraid she would ask me to work on something I did not know how to do at that time. It would have broken my heart to have to say "no" to her and I knew I couldn't say yes. Four years later I saw her photo and a biographic article about her in a magazine honoring "women of the 20th century". I wept.
That moment sparked the birth of the fledgling feminist spirit in my soul. I never again could turn a blind eye to: the oppression of women; or to the fact that this oppression of women was the prototype for all other oppressions. I realized in a flash that they are all one in the same as to process. The only difference is the target they aim at.
"What one has to do, usually can be done." Eleanor Roosevelt; "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes, and expecting different results." Frank Herbert; "Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former." Albert Einstein