M & D, my rocks.
BDL > NBO. The journey begins!
Wherever we are, in whatever we do, being a person can be pretty exhausting sometimes. And when faced with the often stark reality of a society that is so deeply embedded in systems of oppression, inequality, and corruption...things can get pretty dark.
As Albert Camus said, “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” Like Camus, I believe that this hope is "awakened, revived, and nourished by millions of solitary individuals whose deeds and works everyday negate frontiers and the crudest implications of history." And so, I turn to a corn-dog loving voice of grounding and inspiration to help me remember that laughing is the best.
But this little guy has the right idea....and in order for us all to be awesome, we have to treat everyone like its their birthday. And create dangerously! While Kid President may not exactly have taken his cue from Hermann Hesse or the concept of servant-leadership (Journey to the East), I reason to believe that these two narratives have a whole lot in common when it comes to working as an agent of change in society.
As I see it, a good leader's primary motivation is helping others in way that is truly transformative. This requires awareness, good listening, and the ability to find a balance between the day-to-day and larger scale conceptual thinking. (A good east vs. west tug of war for all of you Personality Compass gurus). At her core, a good leader must be servant first (ensuring that other's needs are being met), and then make the conscious choice to lead.
It is with this, that I forge ahead.
A helpful framework from the mouth of babe[s]..."you are made from love, to be loved, to spread love".