Rising From The Ashes
Hearing the song, ‘So Confused’ for the first time, I was sitting in the audience of an Origin Graduation—watching a young man tap dancing to that song. It always took me back to that event whenever I hear that song. Recently, I heard it playing and was transported once more to that event. However, that recent encounter allowed me to see something very powerful.
I saw two leaders in our community, performing in two separate roles. One was busy engaging in a session of mentoring young men while the other was engaged in implementing strategies, ensuring mentors are trained and mentees have a forum to showcase their talents and set on the path to reach their true potential in life. It made me smile because I saw great leadership in action. I can say this with confidence about one of the leaders I saw in that vision as I have encountered a great number of leaders in my lifetime and can now differentiate between effective and ineffective leadership.
In that vision, I saw the power and the spirit of unity. I also saw compassion, brotherly love, sacrificial giving and a cord knitting together the broken pieces of our community—each one just a link in the chain, in the grand scale of things, yet a leader in his own right. It was a moment of inspiration that led me to give thanks for the men in my world. Particularly those, who, despite the odds against them, continue to effectively lead the next generation of leaders in their care. It was a brief moment with a lasting impact. In my sharing, I hope to encourage, motivate and inspire leaders of today and tomorrow to be effective in their current and future leadership roles.
 By 2Play featuring Raghav and Jucxi