A wise man will always be sharpened by greater people. For those who know me well, you know that my optimism and perseverance have limits. For those whom love me dearly, you know I want you to challenge me. For those who do not know me at all, let me tell you what I hold dear.
I made some changes in my life when I was about 23 years old. I set broad goals, and ever since then, I have tried my best to achieve them. There is one moment of transformation I will never forget. I was visiting the beach with my family. I remember climbing a rock which was about the size of a semi-truck. This rock stood alone and was held into place by countless grains of sand. And, I had to time my clasp of its soapstone surface with the flow of the waves in order to keep my rolled up pants dry (Those from California know what’s up).
When I finally got to the top of the rock I looked out at the Pacific Ocean. I felt small. I started praying and asked God to give me guidance. The response directed me to look around at the hundreds, if not thousands, of barnacles clinging to the rock. Like the relationship between the rock and sand I needed to be patient in order to form an unwavering foundation. Then, people will attach to me and give my life purpose.
These are the people I like to call, Game Changers. They challenge, critique, and push (You are probably one of these people if you are still reading this). Thank you for showing me unconditional love and unfiltered criticism. You are what I treasure. My life is meaningful because you are in it.
*These are the thoughts of Richard J. Roman, and are not a direct link those of the Peace Corps or its affiliates.