Three of the brothers, along with their parents and their families became victims of the Holocaust. All of them shot and killed by German occupiers who invaded Ukraine in WWII.
The fourth brother survived…
Two years after the war, he had a son. In 31 years, he had a grandson. In 40 more years, that grandson became president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.
When U.S. offered Zelensky evacuation to "Safety" during the current Russian invasion, his reply was as follows.
"I remain in the capital.
My family is in Ukraine.
My children are in Ukraine.
The enemy has marked me as target #1, my family as target #2.
The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride."
Zelensky is Jewish. His family history is one wrought with real oppression, invasion, and death.
He knows who he is, he knows where he lives, he knows the stakes, and he remains steadfast in defense of his country.
The discussion for us after hearing this story and bearing witness to the horrifying events happening as we send this email is...
What war were WE made for?
What would YOU give up comfort, safety, security, and all of the worldly things we cling to for?
This story is obviously a hyperbolic example but we hope that drives home the point. Zelensky's story, if he died today (and he may) would be one of a hero who stood his ground, refused an easy way out, and died a hero and an example for his people.
If you died today, what story would be told?
What do you love about it?
What would you like to change about it?
What could you begin today to make that story closer to the one you'd like to be told?
What war were YOU made for?
Our thoughts and prayers today are with all of the people of Ukraine, the defectors/protesters in Russia, and the victims of unspeakable acts that don't get the press in Myanmar, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Libya, Mali, South Sudan, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Syria… the list goes on.
...and with you.
May we recognize our situations today as we read this email and give thanks for the comforts we're blessed with and reject those that do not serve our best story.
No risk, no story. -GFDD
Save the wallpaper we've made for you above as a reminder to engage this week in conversations around your potential, the potential of your tribe, and to help in writing your best story.
Anyone come to mind while reading this? Send them this email or link. #thetribegrows