Bonnie Reading was my mentor. She died in 1995. She was the first professional person in my life to see me for what I could be, what I really was if I let go of my fear.
Bonnie was a force, a magnetic force. She was the heart of the law firm that I worked for after the DOJ and a piece of that law firm died when she died. I have her pictures in my office as a reminder of my responsibility to do what she did for me for someone else.
While at that firm, I had a conflict with a more senior partner. I asked Bonnie’s advice. That partner had been unfair to me, trying to take credit for something he did not deserve. I remember Bonnie’s advice as if it were yesterday. She said, “Sometimes, you need to roar back.”
Up until that time, I had not considered that an option. Well, I did and the beauty is – I only had to do it once.
And in the words of Ms. Katy Perry, “I’ve got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire. Cause I am a champion and you’re going to hear me roar!” Roar back sometimes.