From “God Never Hurries,” …God’s living word is in our life’s stories—tell them and write them down.
As I watched Robert Reich’s documentary, “Inequality for All,” I was grateful he chose to tell his story of how he came to be an avid advocate for the fair treatment of workers. As a child, he said he was frequently bullied because of his very small physical stature, the result of a medical condition. He had a friend who protected him from bullies. When his friend grew up he continued to defend the oppressed, advocating for fairness and justice in the Civil Rights movement, which led to his murder. His friend’s death profoundly affected Reich. He said it gave him the courage to speak out on behalf of fair treatment of others. He subsequently became a prolific writer, Secretary of Labor under president Clinton, and taught classes at Berkley on wealth and power. The eye opening statistics Reich shares in his documentary highlights the flattening of workers’ wages beginning in the 1970’s, and the staggering rise in corporate profits and CEO pay.
Bringing forth gifts from oppression is a specialty of this mysterious God of ours. I am very aware that my economic status was improved with the passage of Civil Rights legislation with its extension of equal employment opportunity to women in the workplace. That legislation spawned training opportunities that allowed me to compete for jobs that supported my three children and myself after being widowed in 1975. I eventually came to manage one of Robert Reich’s, then Secretary of Labor, employment programs for economically disadvantaged elderly while working for the U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Region. I remember a national meeting I attended for the Senior Community Service Employment Program in Washington, D.C. where Reich spoke. He then held, and still does hold, my deep respect for his heart, compassion and advocacy for the less fortunate.
What if we each told our story? Would your story change hearts?