acts of grace

in an interview of a well-known writer, a journalist posed a question which made it clear she hadn't read the work being discussed. rather than answer the question in a way that would embarrass the journalist, the writer simply gave a broad explanation of his work, thereby addressing the underlying intention of the question posed.

i continue to be inspired by those who, even under challenging circumstances, use their words and actions in ways that honor themselves as well as the dignity of others. how true that we're less likely to remember what a person said or did, and more how s/he made us feel!


Sherry said...

I have to tell you how blessed I feel when I come here to read your words. Your soul is divine and your kindness, understanding and spirit are tangible.

When we hear stories like this it shows us the way. Of why we are here. Of what we are meant to learn. Of how we need to conduct ourselves.

It's always the golden rule for me and respect is an absolute.

iyan and egusi soup: said...


thank you for *your* kindness. after reading that interview, i thought for a long time how important it is to preserve others' dignity, especially when we are in a position of power. it only takes a moment to affirm or destroy a person's being, and for the most part we have a choice.

Ello said...

You are absolutely right and I have such admiration for people who handle these circumstances with grace and dignity. This is at least what I try to instill in my children every day.

iyan and egusi soup: said...

yes ello, i imagine childhood is a great place to start.

Lisa said...

Beautifully said.

iyan and egusi soup: said...

hi lisa,

i hope the year's rounding out well for you! i remember you mentioning you had much work to complete by the year's end.

Rona Fernandez said...

Thanks for that post--always a good reminder for me, since I'm one of those people who doesn't often stop to 'edit' what's coming out of my mouth. ;)

And here's the link to the site I was talking about: http://www.goodreads.com. It's a social networking site focused on books. if you sign on, go to 'groups' and search for 'people of color' you should be able to find my group: literary fiction by people of color. We haven't had much discussion yet, but it's cool to see what people are reading.

Peace and be well,

iyan and egusi soup: said...

hi rona,

thanks for coming by, and for the link.