After this dark week, after this election, I'm thinking of this guidance Gregory gives to people whose only good work is done in private:
"For anyone who is able to suppress the lust for praise is, in effect, guilty of a bad example if he hides the good that he does."
I need to see the good that you're doing right now. I need your good example. In the language of Fred Rogers, I need to be able to see the helpers. I need to know that we're together in the tasks ahead of us.
Of course there's danger of bragging, and of words instead of action (Gregory addresses them in the same chapter), but I want you to know: I need heroes. I need historical ones, I need literary ones, but I also need the ones who have their sleeves rolled up right now all around me.
So please come to my door, tell me about your work and the work you see being done by others. I have great hope for what we can do together.