This past week, I was fortunate enough to visit family in the Dominican Republic. For those of you who don't know, I am first generation American - Dominican. Dominican Republic is an amazing island with a huge heart. Although, it is still a third world country with great poverty, it is full of diversity, and immensely talented and motivated individuals. Many of my family members made their way here to the United States in search for greater opportunities not available in Dominican Republic. They worked tirelessly to make a better life for their children. They made sure we remained close to one another and instilled the importance of family values. Two of the many sages in our family are my Aunt Angelita (89 yrs. old) & Uncle Julian (90 yrs old). They've been married for 63 years and are still as loving and affectionate as in their younger years. After making their way here to the US, they decided to go back to their home. Dominican Republic. They give back to their community and even help some of the poorer neighborhood kids receive a college education. They believe in the power of the individual to make a difference.
Here, in the states, it can be so easy for us to get caught up in the trivial moments. We tend to get a myopic view of the work, work, work adage. We loose touch with the true importance of family and community. We have a responsibility to ourselves and others to make this life count by giving back and cultivating seeds that will sprout love & change. Now, is the time to follow our hearts and build a life for ourselves that will leave a lasting impression on the hearts of all those we encounter.