"You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you." – Frederick Buechner
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Can you believe 2015 is almost here? As we step into the new year, I am thinking about relationships – those we have created and nurtured over the years and those we have recently formed. Relationships are the basis of success – who we know, those we come across fleetingly, and the lives we are yet to touch – everything unfolds through relationships.
I first met Vivian in 2009 while on business in Lagos, Nigeria. I was Senior Vice President with a telecom network marketting company at the time. Vivian joined my team, we became business partners and realized we got along very well.
A few months ago, I learned Vivian and her family now reside here in the USA. We immediately began to talk. And last evening, we reunited in Atlanta. And as I write, this quote comes to mind:
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." – Ivy Baker Priest
Here we were in another city, on a different continent, five years later — many, many miles away from Lagos. The seeds of friendship that had been sown between us were still alive. Vivian is as dynamic, positive and hardworking as I remember.
It was so much fun catching up, sharing experiences and discussing our work. The commonality after all these years, was the calling we now felt to work with women. And so, through Women Are Core, Vivian and I, together with the other lovely sisters will get to work together again.
A lot had happened in 5 years — of course, we're both more mature and filled with determination to be of service to humanity. We talked, laughed, made plans and prayed.
As I drove home after our meeting, I realized how exciting this truly was. That somehow we had been brought together again to work on an even more important cause – the empowerment of women.
Our experiences as women are very similar and it is true that "women understand women". Once we let our guards down, get real with each other, we as women can make a huge difference in the lives of other women.
In this last post of 2014, I would like to encourage you to honor relationships, to nurture them and to appreciate those whom God places on your path. We just never know what the future holds.
Cheers to your success!