Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some Say Luck, I Say Blessing

News of the week:

1. My 93-year-old grandfather passed away

2. I'm going to his first granddaughter's wedding in Antigua & Barbuda (I guess the universe really is about balance after all.)

3. The Founder and Director of Safe Kids Worldwide, Dr. Martin R. Eichelberger, retired & he mentioned me in his farewell speech as the upcoming future of the organization. A very cherish-able moment in DC.

I am now about halfway through The Washington Center program. Hmm...Is Washington, DC a phase or should I aim to get back here after graduation? As my favorite quote by Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist says, "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." So I gotta be careful of what I wish for. Don't get me wrong, I love Washington, DC...especially because of the kind of people I've heard speak and/or met because of The Washington Center over the last 7 weeks. The list includes:

- President Barack Obama

- Bob Schieffer, Face The Nation

- Juan Williams, renowned journalist

- Congressman Norm Dicks

- His Excellency Mr. Sergey Kislyak of Russia

- Rt. Hon. Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen

- Congressman Robert Wexler

- Gillian M. Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation

- Welile Nhlapo, South African Ambassador

- Gov. Roy Romer, The College Board

- Fidel Herrera Beltran, governor of Veracruz, Mexico

- And the list goes on...especially of the individuals I met at the TWC Gala 2009

As a kid from Brooklyn, NY, when I meet some of these individuals, I'm always in awe of how willing they are to bend over backwards to do whatever they can to help me succeed. Exchanging business cards and actually keeping in touch with them makes me want to stick around the Washington metro area a bit longer. However, I despise the corporate life/work style...staring at a computer screen 12+ hrs a day have caused me to put my career goals under scrutiny. I always end with the same question at the end of each thinking cycle: how do I continue to make people's lives better while not having to conform to the 9-5 circuit for the next 40 years? What treasure or 'personal legend' am I being led to by all these influential people I'm meeting?

To make matter worse, in the back of my mind, I am certain of the kind of impact one person can have on a community, country, world. For example, my grandfather did not die a wealthy man in a sense of materialistic possessions. However, the 7 children he fathered and the numerous grandchildren that came because of him were his contribution to the world. His children and grandchildren are spread among many fields in a desperate need to help make the world a better place for upcoming generations. Now it is my turn to pick up that baton and continue the relay race...all I gotta do is open my eyes for directions and know when to build momentum to jump the hurdles.

RIP Grandpa Necene.

Until Next Time,

Emmanuel H.

1 comment:

  1. Emmanuel,
    I will be new to TWC this Spring 2010 and your blog posts are very endearing and hilarious. This one in particular is very moving and I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. From your words, he sounds like he had an amazing impact on you. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. Good luck to you and happy holidays. Rita Silkensen 12/18/09