September 2020 Newsletter
What is Yours to Do Now?
Last Friday evening, after surviving years with cancer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg slipped out of her body.
She left behind a huge legacy — and a rich tapestry of legal decisions designed to create equality for all people.
That tapestry has shaped our daily lives, and the entire U.S. culture these last four decades.
It’s been torn and repaired a number of times as challenges to equality have come up. Yet she valiantly fought for our rights again and again.
Last Friday, somehow, she knew her job was done.
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A Jewish woman, she died on Rosh Hashanah. According to tradition, that means she is said to be a Tzadik, an honor befitting the quality of her soul.
May it continue to shine on for all of us.
A number of years ago, a huge grandmother of a tree in the middle of my yard died suddenly.
I grieved that loss for a month each time I gazed into the gaping hole it left in the middle of our yard.
One day I realized the space it left allowed the younger, hardier trees to reach the sunlight more easily and grow more rapidly.
In this same way, Ruth Bader Ginsburg forged a difficult path we can now follow more easily.
She did the hard work of creating it. Now it is ours to follow our soul’s path, just as she did hers.
Personally, although my life’s work is different from hers, I feel deeply inspired by who she was. And by what she accomplished.
Her example shows me that any effort worth doing may be difficult or lonely, but not to give up. Because it is worth every step along the journey.
If you’re feeling this “call to inspiration”, there is a lot of support right now, both seen and unseen, to do what is right — and to do what is just.
Can you hear the call?
Do you have the courage to take that first step on your soul’s path?