And she looks radiant doing so.
Elizabeth Smart began testifying today against her former captor, Brian David Mitchell, during a hearing to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
It’s hard to believe that seven years have passed since she was rescued. In the few times I’ve seen her speak (on Oprah), she consistently presented herself as a poised, compassionate, and engaging person. She has a striking aura of self-assuredness and self-esteem, and complete authenticity. All the more remarkable for what she endured.
It may be an unfair burden, but she is the embodiment of hope for so many people, for so many reasons. Hope for parents that their child may yet be found, alive and still the person they knew before. Hope for survivors, that there is a way through it. We all need that hope.
She inspires me.