Character: One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual; the complex of mental and ethical traits marking and often individualizing a person, group, or nation; moral excellence and firmness.
We’ve all heard this quote at least once; “adversity reveals character,” however it is rare to see it displayed in real life on such a global stage. Russia’s invasion into Ukraine thrust President Volodymyr Zelensky to the front lines and page of every news and media organization. Overnight, events placed the content of his character under a microscope, transparent for all the world to witness.
Could you or I withstand this level of scrutiny or transparency? Few men or women could, yet President Zelensky remains resolute, holding the line, encouraging his people while seeking assistance to fight a war no one believed possible two weeks ago.
Much has been said often in amazement about his lack of presidential experience, the former comedian, now a president tenaciously fighting for his country’s survival. I think news anchor Lester Holt said it best when he characterized President Zelensky as “more Churchill than Chaplain.”
Would the world say the same about you or me? For myself, I hope so.
Want to help? Here are some links to organizations providing humanitarian resources for the thousands of refuges fleeing the war in Ukraine.
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