on my smallness
September 29, 2009 § 5 Comments
On Thursday night, I was sitting in the back of a room with people who, today, are relatively more important than I am.
May sound odd to admit, but if you were there, I’m sure you’d feel the same. I was small in that room, surrounded by the giants of the world I want to help lead. It was humbling, but I was proud to share the air with these people, these wind movers, my idols.
In a world like this one, I always find it heartening to see leaders who show unadulterated concern for our future. To see women who risk their lives to stop human trafficking. Women whose voices carry a pervasive call to action. Women who, against all odds, will strive for their inclusion in society. Men who drive innovation and global sustainability. Men whose creativity fuels life-changing microfinance and microinsurance mechanisms. Men who spread knowledge and hope to the youngest and the poorest. Believe me, there are people all over the world — and in that room — whose actions change it for the better, every single day.
So, I was small in that room. Today, less important in that room. But, for tomorrow, it was more important than ever that I see what heights I can someday reach, what tests I can look forward to overcoming.
I’ll not soon forget what it was to be there, behind movers, watching idols, and honoring the progress I will build on one day. One day.