4 AM is usually when the cab picks me up to go to the airport to fly out and give another motivational talk.
On this trip, I am away for nearly two weeks. As the cab pulls away from the curb, I am going through my list in my head- did I bring my passport? Shoes? Books?
Caught up in worry about the details of the trip, I whistfully comment to the cab driver that I will miss my son. He laughs as he tells me his story.
Baccoo moved to canada from Nigeria 3 months ago. His wife had a baby less than a week ago. He cannot afford to fly home to be with his daughter and wife but sends them money every week.
Wow, that gave me some perspective. While I am concerned about being away from my son for 10 days, he says he may not see his daughter until she is 18.
Baccoo has embarked on an incedible journey, moving across the world to a strange city where he knows nobody, with the hope of building a better future for his family. I imagine him working everyday longing for his family.
I mentioned Baccoo during my motivational talk, where many delegates suggested they know of others who are displaced, struggling and far from their families.
Major life events have a way of waking us up and giving us a new perspective. Just ask Baccoo.
Inspirational speaker, Charles dickson once said, these are the best of times and worst of times. It all depends on your perspective.
Even in the worst of times.
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