I’ve been reading a book called Sacred Moments, Daily Meditations on the Virtues. The back of the book describes it better than I can: “The virtues such as honesty, generosity, love, discernment and trust dwell inside all of us. They are our link with the Divine, the best parts of our character and the highest qualities of our humanity..The virtues help us to know who we are and what we can be.”
This book was given to me by a mom student in the anatomy class I took recently. She mentioned to the class that her young son had been killed several years ago by a drunk driver while riding his bike home from a Little League game.
This ethereal mom walked a walk of tremendous grace, compassion and humanity. There was not a bitter bone in her body over her son’s loss; instead, she continues to dedicate her energy to transforming sorrow into strength, pain into growth, fear into trust. She teaches a Virtues class every six months to introduce the concepts to our community, but she lives and breathes the virtues with every step.
When I am tempted to throw a Pity Party for the missteps and damage done along the way (courtesy of drugs and alcohol), I will reflect on this brave mom, do my best to follow in her footsteps, and spin straw into gold.