After addressing the world's current horrors on social media in a series of posts, actress Kerry Washington vowed to take a break from social media, feeling "called to be a bit more quiet." The tragedies that have roiled the US in the last few days need no rehashing here. Washington did it as well as anyone with a post that began: "There are no words that can encapsulate the pain in our bleeding hearts."
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 8, 2016
But in between expressing her grief and sharing her calling toward quiet, Washington had an opportunity -- rare in the thick of such sadness -- to be uplifted. That opportunity came courtesy of the triumph of Serena Williams. Williams exuded style, elegance, determination, grit, skill, composure, longevity -- and a thousand other good qualities the world has seemed lately to lack -- as she won Wimbledon on Saturday, tying the record for career Grand Slam championships with her 22nd. Washington was among many who found in Williams' accomplishment and example a moment (and maybe more) of reprieve. Washington wrote of Serena: "I bow down. And am simultaneously uplifted."
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#Serena ?? I bow down. And am simultaneously uplifted.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) July 9, 2016