Last Friday, one of my personal heroes, 16 year old Malala Yousafzai visited the White House. I just loved this photograph of Malala with the President Obama, Mrs. Obama and their daughter Malia . I loved the way she sat, so poised and graceful, so purposeful in everything she said and did. And I also loved the way young Malia looked upon this courageous, young woman – she looked utterly captivated, and thrilled to be in the company of Malala.
There is something so comforting about seeing a young person like Malala, especially a young person who has suffered and risen above tragedy, go out and about in this crazy world of ours, doing good things and lifting souls and spirits. There is a simplicity about her, and yet she is also profoundly wise. That Friday, as adults in our nation’s capital were busy making a mockery of our democracy, it was a lovely moment of grace to come upon this photograph, and know that there are good people trying to do good things in this very imperfect world of ours. Thank you, Malala.
And here she is, having the same effect on (of all people!), Jon Stewart: