This has been an extraordinary year, filled with both good and bad. We said goodbye to Muhammed Ali, who gave us 74 years of the greatest! Ali, Stevie Wonder, Mandela, and my father have been my guiding lights. I was blessed to meet the first three briefly in my journey. Ali and Stevie always treated me with the greatest kindness, which enabled and encouraged me to believe the good things said about them and the outstanding things they accomplished. Mandela made an extraordinary gesture by acknowledging and greeting me during a major procession when he was being celebrated during his first visit to Los Angeles after being freed in South Africa. That said something to me about him as well as inspired and encouraged my self-worth. Gestures make all the difference in who we are and what we mean to other people and society. Knowing how to accept and interpret gestures makes your relationships more meaningful and satisfying.
My father has made countless gestures to me and my brother and sister in our lives. They have meant so much to me! They have given me joy, strength, and encouragement to accomplish. That’s what fathers and mothers do! It is important that we do our best to let them know how important those gestures are to us.
Last week, we saw the first female presidential nominee from a major political party (which happens to be my party). I am proud and blessed to have witnessed it. She’s not perfect and I don’t agree with everything she’s done or espoused, but she is so overwhelmingly the best choice for our country. What she will be able to accomplish will be of benefit to so many more people than the alternative choice. She is a good friend, a loyal wife, a doting daughter, a good mother, and she is becoming a great grandmother. These things will help her to become a great president! Donald Trump is a formidable man but the President needs to be for the people, for the majority of the people. Hillary will be much better!!
I want to acknowledge the loss of life in Orlando. This is a country where you should be safe, proud, and able to be who you are and express what you like. It’s unfortunate that so many of my gay brothers and sisters lost their lives or were injured by doing that. My prayers go out to them and their families and friends. Ultimately, memories are what we have to satisfy our feelings of loss and help us to reach our best destiny.
This Father’s Day, remember that we all have fathers and mothers given to us by God and we should try our best to remember them, their love, and their sacrifices and be the best people we can be!
Much love always,