For a long time, I thought that making lots of money was The Thing To Do, The Thing That Would Make Me Happy, The Thing Du Jour. And then I made a lot of money and couldn't quit my job fast enough because there is often a price you pay for fat pockets; like jealousy, sabotage, restless nights and anger. For a Brown Girl like me, no amount of money is worth unhappiness. No amount at all.
Today, I try to live my life in service because all I really want to do is be of value in some way. And while cremation is my preference when my body decides to one day let go, my headstone (aka my legacy) matters. Call it ego, call it what you want, but I do want to be remembered for doing Something Good. Don't you?
Ten years ago, I told the Universe what I wanted and now the Universe is saying Okie doke. Here ya go. Among other things, I am a small part of giving girls a world view via The Passport Party Project, a global awareness initiative that gifts underserved girls with their very first passports. And while years ago I would have never guessed that I would be helping out in this way, I'm finally mature enough to understand why cliches are cliches in the first place and why Be Careful What You Ask For Because You Might Just Get It is true, has been true, and will be true forevermore.
When I woke up this morning, the first email I read humbled me, made me tearful and propelled me to write this post even before I've had a chance to enjoy my morning cup of tea. After presenting a session on Travel Philanthropy at BlogHer 12 just a few days ago, my heart has been full and I have felt proud and inspired. In this precise moment, I am grateful beyond measure and the email below will tell you why. With my entire heart on the table...
Good morning Tracey,
Hope all is well and I'm glad you made it home safely and with some yummy JFK Airport food in your system. :)
I really from the bottom of my HEART THANK YOU! Not only did you play a MAJOR role in saving my first BlogHer experience, you have played a MAJOR role in my life. Before going to your session I was lost and starting to second guess how I would be able to travel the world and help people with my daughter - my goal in life.
From the moment you started speaking I got goosebumps and felt like you were speaking to my spirit and not just my ears. I strongly believe in omens and life directing you to where you should go and it completely led me to your morning session.
With all of that being said I really want to extend my help in any way shape or form to you and the other wonderful Travel Philanthropists that you know/work with. Please let me know how I can help in ANY WAY!
Thank you more than you can ever imagine!