RICHMOND, Va. -- Each Monday on CBS 6 News at 4, community members are invited to share a Monday Motivation. Kollege and Kareer 4 Youth founder and CEO Marcy Williams recently shared the following motivational message:
As an educator, entrepreneur, mother, daughter and community advocate, I have had my fair share of struggles, setbacks and disappointments.
However, in the midst of it all, i have had the honor of meeting some amazing people who have overcome life altering experiences.
Not celebrities, not those in the know, but regular, everyday people. The ones we often overlook. The homeless, unemployed, under served, and disregarded.
You know, the 'those people' referred to when we look at social media and news broadcasts.
One of my favorite scriptures, Jeremiah 29:11 stats "for I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
You have a future and your journey awaits.
I want to leave you with three points to consider:
One, remember that your challenges and struggles are part of the journey. While it may not feel good and at times, it does not seem fair, it is part of the process. Embrace the struggle for it will make you stronger!
Two, do not compare your life to the people you see on social media. You do not know the struggles and obstacles they've had to overcome to get to where they are. Social media is a 10-second view into the journey of someone else. Keep your eyes on your own path and try not get distracted by what you see in someone else doing. Stay focused!
Three, I challenge you to reach down and pick up the next person. Share your experience, wisdom, and best practices. Help the next generation to achieve a higher level of greatness than you have been able to achieve.
To quote one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou, "I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."