Originally Posted by Vanessa White
A coworker in my office came up to me yesterday, after having heard me speaking about the issue with another coworker. She wanted to offer me her support, and any assistance she might be. Of course, it is welcomed graciously. She then told me how much she admires my strength to be who I am, without reservation, and to stand up so strongly for what I believe in. I felt so grateful for her words, and then felt sad, again, because the tokens that are so genuine and full of support and hope come to me so rarely, that it is like gold falling from the sky when it does happen. I don't know how soon I may hear words like that again,
My dear, how about RIGHT NOW?
You are a wonderful, beautiful, shining light and you are luminous with courage (a word which looks an awful lot like "heart-age.") That would describe YOU.
Instead of weeping over "when will I hear such words again," take those positive words IN, imprint them on your heart, and carry them with you. Did the sentiment die once the words were spoken? No. The sentiment is alive. Renew it by re-calling those words to mind during the innumerable frustrations you will suffer as an activist.
You ARE all those wonderful things, Vanessa. Keep re-calling that. Call upon that knowledge daily, that you ARE that courage and that light.