I read an article (Tim Cook Speaks Up) this morning that reminded me of life’s most important venture – to make the world a better place for one another. We all have the power to do it and often times it doesn’t take much. Other times, it takes a whole lot. So much that the personal cost may overwhelm our intentions.
Yet, there are those who consider the sacrifice a worthy price for the sake of another. And those people are heroes. They inspire, they liberate, they make the world a better place.
I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important.
Tim Cook goes on to discuss being gay and shares, “I consider being gay amongst the greatest gifts God has given me.”
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple.
Well, Tim may have the skin of a rhino, but he certainly has a beautiful and tender heart.