A young boy in Africa gave his teacher a Christmas gift. It was a beautiful seashell. “Where did you get this?” she asked. The child told her that such shells are found only on a certain faraway beach. The teacher was deeply touched, because she knew that the boy had walked many miles to find the shell. “You shouldn’t have traveled so far just to find a gift for me,” she said. The boy smiled and replied, “The long walk is part of the gift.” Credit Unknown
“The long walk is part of the gift” is a lesson I was taught by my parents. Effort. Energy. Intention. Integrity.
Hillary Clinton, was taught the dignity of hard work by her parents. Hard work and public service became her long walk. Hillary came of age in a time of great social unrest and chose the long walk. She started her long walk by engaging in civil rights, women’s rights, human rights. She still reminds us to pay attention to those causes.
Public service is a gift. It is not for heroes. It is not for recognition. It is not for applause. It is not for money. Public service is for the common good. For the heart. For the soul. For the conscience. For justice. For joy.
If you cannot serve with joy, then this is not your gift to receive. This is not your long walk. Do not even try.
Hillary Clinton founded, established, initiated, strengthened numerous social causes for the greater good. In the name of the people. In the name of democracy. In the name of the United States of America. Year after year after year.
Hillary Clinton has proven her success both locally and globally. Most of us hardly know all she has done as a public servant, while she was also a working mom and supportive wife. Hillary does not ask to be recognized for her years of public service. She does ask for the honor and the dignity of being able to continue her long walk.
The long walk is Hillary’s gift to us. We should receive it in gratitude.