Many times as an activist I get caught up in what is important to do without giving myself the time to reflect on the deep intent and spiritual core that guides my actions. Yet, in my very brief conversation with Michelle Obama I connected deeply with the possibility that comes from allowing my intentions to guide my actions and my spirit to open my heart and mind.
I was attending the White House Chanukah party with my husband. We were excited to be invited – though we both wanted something more than the schmoozing. We agreed that the best possible outcome would be to ask Michelle Obama to help the brothers of our friend Hawa – who are refugees, living in Uganda and fearing for their safety. We are trying to get them to the U.S. It wasn’t completely farfetched since Michelle Obama, along with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, had given Hawa an award for being one of the ten most Courageous Women of the World in 2012 and had brought her to the U.S.
Though it was unclear how it might happen that conversation was our intention. It worked.