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Sat Mar 23, 2013, 06:26 PM

The audacity of trust

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Since those days I've often thought about the healing power of trust. It is a powerful elixir that most of us are too fearful to extend to others - much less ourselves. We are so broken inside from our disappointments that we spend enormous amounts of energy protecting our vulnerability.

I have also come to believe that much of the fearless soul-searching work that Barack Obama did in his young adulthood (as was written about in Dreams From My Father) must have involved a reckoning with this brokenness and vulnerability because he reminds me of Professor Anderson in his willingness to trust people so fearlessly.

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Imagine that...going into the most conflict-ridden part of the world today and talking about the fact that Jews and Muslims and Palestinians "hold more hopes in common than fears that drive us apart." Now THAT's audacious! He championed hope in a place that is plagued by fear because he trusts the audience he was speaking to.

I believe that's why they responded so powerfully to what he had to say - because that was my own personal response to a trust so fearlessly extended. That kind of gift from another person wakes up your soul.

And so I was reminded once again that we are privileged to be living in an era with this man as our leader. People like him don't come around very often...I've run into 2 during my 50+ years on this earth. Both of them were human with all of the limitations that ensures. But having wrestled with their own inadequacies, they also had the strength and courage to extend the audacity of trust.


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Lady Freedom Returns Apr 2013 #7
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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 06:41 PM

1. "That kind of gift from another person wakes up your soul."

I love this! She's right, and she writes like a dream. Thanks!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 07:28 PM

3. You are welcome.

I always love what smartypants has to say, she gives it her own special twist.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 07:12 PM

2. Beautifully said by smartypants..

Imagine that...going into the most conflict-ridden part of the world today and talking about the fact that Jews and Muslims and Palestinians "hold more hopes in common than fears that drive us apart." Now THAT's audacious! He championed hope in a place that is plagued by fear because he trusts the audience he was speaking to.


thanks She!

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 07:31 PM

4. My pleasure, Cha.

He shows the same trust in us, doesn't he!

BOG

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 08:17 PM

5. Yes he does. And we'll reciprocate. It's a new time for humanity. Embrace the future.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 08:26 PM

6. For humanity, and to embracing the future.

How sweet the sound.

freshwest.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 10:15 PM

7. A healing balm on a wounded spirit.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 13, 2013, 10:22 PM

8. It does LFR, it heals us, he heals us.

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