I have been spending time this week with people who came to this country without knowing how to speak English. They wanted a better life and took the risk that they would learn how to speak the language once they arrived. Talk about courage! How much nerve must it take to leave all you know, go to a strange new place without being able to communicate once you arrive?
I have an admiration and respect for people who make this huge leap of faith. It is a courage that goes overlooked and all too often is misunderstood by locals. Yes we think people need to learn our language upon arrival; we need to remember that we all come from people who faced this same challenge when they left their own homes behind. We all are descended from people who left their homes to find a better place, better options, safety and prosperity. We may have forgotten this, and yet none of us can avoid this reality. At one time we were all foreigners in a strange land.
As I listened to these amazing people tell their stories I realized how their struggle made them stronger, more loyal and more proud of being an American than most who grew up here. They fought for what they wanted, worked hard, and overcame incredible odds to become the successful people they are today. Those of us who grew up with the blessings this land affords have forgotten that not everyone in other countries have all we experience on a daily basis. Hearing these people reminded me of our blessings AND the hard work it took to get here.
What do you want so badly in your world that you are willing to make a leap of faith? What are you willing to risk to make your world better? What skill are you willing to go without in order to make it better in the future? If you don’t have an answer for these questions, why not? What are you waiting for? Imagine the world you could live in if you put this same passion into finding what you want, no matter where it is.