Dear Beautiful Son Darian,
You may not know this woman I am standing with, and in the event you do not, let me introduce her to you and the rest of the world. Her name is Imaculee Ilibagiza, and she is one of the few Women from the Tutsi Tribe of Rwanda, Africa, to have survived the slaughter of all of her tribe, her friends, and all of her family.
In her book called “Left to Tell,” which I read when we were living back in Ventura, I was riveted by her story, her undeniable faith, her will to survive, and now after listening and seeing her at a Hay House event in Austin, Texas, last week, her ability to understand and “Practice Forgiveness.” You might also want to see the YouTube videos on her experiences.
Darian, her story of this unfathomable event and the 90 days during which she and a handful of other women were hidden in a very small bathroom in order for her life and the lives of others to be spared had me magnetized many years ago. I never thought in my lifetime I would have the chance to meet her, and much less tell her our story of the controlled separation that we have both experienced.
Darian what is amazing is her compassion for her family’s murderer’s and her ability to forgive them is unfounded. She emulates Jesus’ central message which I believe is to forgive those who trespass against us, and I will freely admit this has been the greatest test for me. Her compassion for our story was evident and her call for me to continue to believe in God was paramount.
So dear son, my message to you today in this post is this: When you need someone to mentor to you, make sure you look for a “Champion,” and if that Champion does not have the courage to place forgiveness at the top of their necessary protocols for dealing with the difficult to impossible people in their lives, look for another person that is a true Giant and Champion among us all. For a true man or woman that possess these rare strengths will help you to grow into a man that has the right mix of love, kindness, insights, fearlessness, and a boldness that means no harm to themselves or others.
Darian let your brilliance and compassion for yourself and others shine! I know you do and believe you will!
With Unending Love For You,