Do You Practice What You Preach?

Do You Practice What You Preach?

A few days ago I was invited by Pro Vobis to give an inspirational speech to volunteer managers and other professionals working with volunteers. I chose to give a very personal speech. I felt very vulnerable during that speech, but recently I have learned that there is power to vulnerability and people prefer to connect with those who show and are honest about their weaknesses. Here is what I shared. 

It was a rainy summer day in Brussels and I was madly in love. It was painful because I was in love with a man who could not be mine. I mean, he could be mine, but not ONLY mine.

I was sad and my sadness made me see a lot of things that in the past I had chosen not to see. Like all those women begging in the streets with small children. Did you notice that those children sleep all the time? Well a friend mentioned to me that they sleep because they are on drugs. Trafficked children, drugged to sleep so that trafficked women, not necessarily their mothers, make money for the traffickers. I felt outraged! But also a very selfish and guilty relief, thinking that there are other tragedies in life, even bigger than mine. Putting things into a universal perspective always helps…

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