This summer I was honored as a Top 20 Under 40 Young Black Professional! The award goes to someone who stands out among the rest–someone who has achieved personal and professional success, with a record of community service and has given back to others through their time, talents and donations. It was very humbling to stand as an Educator amongst this great group of young professionals. There was alot of excitement and fanfare surrounding the event and it reminded me of when I graduated with my Master’s Degree.
The crowd for the moment was large, but the crowd that came to see me was small and intimate. If I had judged the level of my success based on who else celebrated with me, I would have missed the moment. Instead, I celebrated the moment as an honor and reward well-earned. When you stop to celebrate victories you produce hope which is the fuel needed to overcome the obstacles of the future. In otherwords, enjoy the good times now, so that you have the emotional support when you endure the bad.