In 2014, we lost many inspirational figures worldwide including Olympian Louis Zamperini, Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and childhood star Shirley Temple. But perhaps one individual that stood out and is beloved by many is none other than Maya Angelou. As we head into 2015, here are some quotes of hope and determination that might mean something to you as a young and upcoming leader.
You have a voice. And so does Sean. This is his Y. His words. His story.
Several weeks ago while sitting at the dining room table eating my oatmeal breakfast I noticed a dry oat slowly moving across the kitchen floor. Intrigued by the magically moving oat I got down on my hands and knees to offer a closer inspection only to find that this mysterious oat was being carried by a very small and very strong ant. My usual inclination would be to assist this ant in transitioning to the here after but warding off my temptation to help was the great lesson the ant was teaching me about who we need to be in community in order to see change in our community.
... they stick to a daily routine. Apparently, When Mozart wasn't writing masterpieces, he was giving music lessons during the day. Freud, no suprise here, treated patients. And Pablo Picasso famously said, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
Over on our runner's blog, Coach Tony Van D would probably give you the following advice: If you start a race, finish it. We happen to know this is good advice - take for instance, Mamie who would argue it's not how fast you run the race but that you finish at all. We love that. As such, crossing the finish could also apply to everything else in life, especially when we, young leaders, seem to be part of the "Now" generation: Instant access. Instant feedback. Instant gratification. At the Y, we hear some of our members' best traits are being nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming. But what about being determined?
While Tony's away (and likely running on a beautiful beach somewhere along the West Coast), check out what our guest blogger, Mamie's, up to back in the Midwest. We have a feeling if you're not already running, you're going to want to join the race after reading what's on her mind.
In the next few months, we're giving you - our young leaders - a chance to share your thoughts on topics ranging from education & leadership to sports & recreation to travel & entertainment as well as speaking up on issues such as bullying, illiteracy, hunger prevention, multiculturalism, and more. If you're interested in raising your voice and becoming a volunteer guest blogger for This Week in Young Leaders, then let's get you writing some inspiring words, putting together a photo essay, or sharing a short "do-it-yourself" video (think mini-docs or a sixty-second selfie) about what's on your mind these days.
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