|Almost two years ago I wrote this article, about my mentor and friend Rabia Roberts, and the lessons she shares from her life’s work as a peacekeeper and activist for social justice. The lessons have always lingered in my mind, internalized and metabolized as part of my everyday awareness, but it has been only in the past two months that I have felt compelled to put them front and center, intentionally and purposefully.
To print them out, to physically and tangibly remind myself of them, to actively work to practice them. Today, more than I could have ever known when I wrote the article two years ago, we are in need of these lessons. To go where the suffering is (#3), for example. To listen, hard (#4). And to talk with people we disagree with (#6). Yes, it will take a long time and yes, it will be uncomfortable. But we will not be the first or the only ones to try, nor will we be the first or the only ones to succeed. Compassion wins.