Democracy falls apart when people are not informed, engaged and invested in its success. Our own democracy feels fragile right now, and requires us to be brave and move out of our comfort zone. We need to listen carefully to views different than our own, make our voices heard and put our gifts to work for the greater good.
It would be hard to find a more engaged and caring citizen than Eleanor Roosevelt. She just never gave up—on fighting for people who were less fortunate, on caring for people who needed her (including wounded soldiers in the Pacific during WW II) and telling her truth in whatever way she could. I just heard this quote from her, and because it is helping me get out of my comfort zone, I want to share it. She said,
“Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight, just a step at a time, meeting each thing as it comes, seeing it’s not as dreadful as it appears, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”