By Samantha McKenzie
Today, tell someone how much they inspire you. Take a brief moment to let someone know how they make a difference to you and the world.
I was inspired today by my daughter, Tahirah. The 20-year-old attended a city hall meeting last night with other students from Winston-Salem State University, in the hopes that the council members would rethink their decision to close the early-voting site on her campus. They lost the vote. She, and the others, chanted in protest and walked away temporarily defeated.
“It was beautiful,” she said, describing the incredible power she felt being in unity with her classmates and standing up to city officials. It was beautiful to have a voice. “But it was also sad,” she added. She had stood up for something meaningful and important to her community, but didn’t come back successful. I told her how proud I was of her to fight for the rights of others. And that she did win, although it wouldn’t come through the voting site. She’d have to find another way to get the students out to vote. I was inspired by her passion.
I was inspired by my youngest daughter’s science teacher. His love for science and teaching were evident in his presentation at the open house. I could tell he brought his A-game to work every day. His energy was warm and it felt good knowing that he loved his job and our children. He gave me hope.
I was inspired by my colleague – a gifted artist, graphic designer and all around creative – who told me she was volunteering as a photographer for an organization that takes remembrance pictures for parents who have experienced the untimely loss of a baby. If you’ve never heard of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, please take a moment to check them out. She encouraged me to think more of what others go through.
Today, they all inspired me and I’m glad I took the time to let them know.
Tell someone that they inspire you. They make the world a better place.