Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gave her first televised interview with Diane Sawyer and it brought me to tears when I saw the clip. They were not tears of sorrow, but tears to celebrate the triumphs we humans are capable of when needed.
Mrs. Giffords doesn’t have a word for anguish yet so she says “boo hoo” and you can only imagine how difficult it would be if we were limited and frustrated in our ability to communicate and express ourselves. Her strength is an inspiration and fills me with a love that only hits us in brief moments. It’s a love that isn’t for our family or our partners, but a love for everything. To take a moment and be grateful for our lives and our blessings and our strength and our courage.
God Bless you, Gabrielle Giffords, and may we all be blessed through your struggle to be grateful and thankful for our own ability to overcome and the knowledge that we can find strength we did not know we had when we really need to find it.
When asked if she is ever angry about what happened to her she looks clear eyed in her response and just says, “life.” For all we have to be angry and bitter about, she certainly has much more. Her grace and serenity in that answer is a goal for which we all strive. After all, that’s life.