I have lived through Vietnam, Watergate, and the assassination of President Kennedy. I was working on Bobby Kennedy’s campaign when he was killed and was on the Capitol steps watching Washington go up in flames the day after Martin Luther King was shot.
But I have never seen a time when so many people are so uneasy, concerned and afraid.
Viktor Frankl taught me the essence of life is choice, our responsibility. He would break it up into two words – response ability. “Life questions each of us,” he would say. “We must respond.”
The questions I hear at the moment are clear and straightforward:
What are you going to do about it?
Do you want to add more love to the world or less?
Do you want to add more honesty to the world or less?
Do you want to add more forgiveness to the world or less?
Do you want to add more gratitude to the world or less?
Do you want to add more justice to the world or less?
Do you want to curse the darkness or be the light?
Each must answer as they will.
For my part:
I choose honesty.
I choose forgiveness.
I choose gratitude.
I choose justice.
I will fight fear.
I will not stand idly by.
I will be the light.
I choose love.