That's a bit freaky eh? A voice in my head led me to Voices of our Future!?! Hmmmm let me explain! I am always online for work - I am a business development consultant - which means I am always poring the internet for opportunities, long and short term projects to bid on, grants etc. so somehow I stumbled across this program - and I thought - wow this looks interesting, I am not sure what it's all about but it's free to sign up for so why not! Boy, am I glad I did. While the opportunities for those who are the "chosen ones" are tangible, I still believe that everyone who has signed up and been participating are winners (I know it is a cliche but hey - it's my journal so I can say what I want! :)) I have already met so many wonderful people, connected with some opportunities and I honestly I have probably unearthed only about 10% of the potential of this website! I truly believe that beyond our four week course, and beyond the selection - there has been such an outpouring of stories here that I will cherish forever and I will keep coming back to read and exchange. I will also support my colleagues, the sense of camaraderie is overwhelming ... in the "real world" we are always pulling down our "competition", talking "smack" about them, and generally throwing around the "haterade" - whereas I have not seen or read a single negative comment on this forum as yet! And I am glad for that ...

This year has been a whirlwind for me - I have been to Ghana, Togo and Benin (I applied for a scholarship with the Canadian NGO Youth Challenge International and was successful), I then spent a month in Oregon on a Rotary International program called Group Study Exchange - for young professionals), then I spend 3 weeks in DC for Women Deliver (applied and got funding), then a week in CT for a UNESCO Leadership Program (yes I applied and got funding) ... do you see a pattern here? There are opportunities out there and I apply and sometimes I am successful, other times I am not - but it's the journey and process! So similarly with this program I thought initially "Well something else to apply for" I mean especially since applications are free - what do I lose? A few minutes completing the application form ...

Now that I am immersed in the process ... while I utilize a few hours each day on the platform - I definitely cannot say I am losing anything from it .. but I am definitely gaining a new perspective, new friends, new ideas ....

This mirrors my personal journey of always seeking to learn, to never be static and to always be open to new ideas ...thanks for the opportunity, and even though I may have come to the platform with the least altruistic of purposes - I'm sure I am leaving with a lot more!

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Thanks for your comment Myrthe and this is so true ... and we tend to lose sight of that only focusing on the result and if the result is not what we liked we think we have failed ...whereas if we focused on the journey and process then we would be able to take some lessons from that ...

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— Like a syrupy sweet?

Hi Leelee,

It was really fascinating to read about your journey. I love how you bring such a personal voice to the story... your anecdotes make me smile and laugh.

I'm glad that you're here, and applying for this opportunity. As you say, what have you got to lose?! I am so glad that you already feel rewarded, and that you've made some strong connections. I look forward to seeing your work continue to grow here...

Best of luck on Week 4! I look forward to reading more from you. Scott

Scott Beck

Lovely journey Leelee!

I am encouraged by you as you mentioned so many opportunities that you've just applied for without expectations. This is a new concept for me, but I am encouraged by your willingness to just do it. And so, your just doing it, led you to another wonderful place. Hello my friend, here's to another leg of the journey!


Peace and ... Bliss, Restorer of Peace

Hi Mariposa, Scott and Jackie

Thanks for your comments. I try to reply to everyone so here goes:

Scott - I am glad my posts bring a chuckle to your day and smile to your face! I aim to please.

Jackie - thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

Mariposa - Would you believe that I actually think that word "mariposa" is the most beautiful word in existence in the world ... "butterfly" just doesn't sound the same but "mariposa" ... :) Yes, just do it! I mean I am not always "successful" but what have I "wasted" by applying? A few minutes/hours depending on the length of the application? Up to this weekend there was an opportunity to be a Youth Observer on an Electoral Mission in Tanzania, I applied as well as my friend. So far she has been selected and I haven't - and while it would have been great for both of us to be in Tanzania together (it would be her first trip to the continent) I am just happy that she was selected, proud of her, a bit disappointed for me and wondering if I am "losing my touch" :) But I know this "setback" won't stop me from pursuing other opportunities! Nothing to lose right? Especially when it's something like this where I feel "safe" coming online and talking and typing in a safe place not feeling judged or criticized....

I can't believe this is week 4 of this program already?!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over— Like a syrupy sweet?

I am such a person who shares the same belief. If there is an opportunity , go for it. But most important is, as we persue our dreams its important to make a difference (positive) in other peoples lives. Its then that we will have peace and love in this world.

Grace Ikirimat "It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."