"Wider also relates how words of encouragement touched her own life in the form of a book of photographs and poems by Ikeda she received from him shortly before her mother’s death: “‘Become strong! Become strong! Become strong without fail! We need strength to be happy, to be victorious.’ I read this passage many times. The words in no way minimized my difficulties, rather they showed me that strength resides within every struggle, waiting to be born.”"
- "The Art of True Relations" by Dr. Sarah Wider, professor of English and Women’s Studies at Colgate University and Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist leader, Philosopher, Educator, and Poet.
As we come to close this significant year of 2018, which ushered us into an Era of Humanity, my heart is filled with hope for what is possible for the country I love dearly and the world.
This is a time when the meaning of life's (all life) dignity is explored collectively for the first time in human history. I am certain that all who came before us felt their time was the most significant and it was. But this time is a remarkable Renaissance of Life to get a taste of what the world could be when what is in the heart and soul of each man and woman is on the table.
My heart dances for you, for me, for us!