Learning about poverty, hunger, mental health and homelessness isn’t something most people look forward to discussing. But last night as participants talked about the day, it was amazing to see that the conversation morphed into an appreciation of service and gratitude. LSP allows leaders to experience firsthand the challenges and issues we see in the East Metro, and they then, have the opportunity to determine what they want to do in overcoming these obstacles.
I love reflecting on each Leadership Saint Paul day. It allows me the opportunity to express the gratitude I have for the work we do at the chamber and foundation. The day really crystallized with me after reading a post from one of this year’s participants, I thought sharing the day’s perspective from him would be more impactful. Thank you Tony Schwartz:
“Well today started out very gloomy and sad. I then went to my Leadership Saint Paul class for the entire day. I almost wasn’t going to go. Today’s topic was Human Services and we spent the day learning about the struggles so many people in our own backyards have. We spent time at Neighborhood House and Dorothy Day. I have to admit, as sad as I am and as sorry as I want to feel for myself, today was eye opening. I really need to remember every day to stop taking for granted all the blessings I have including the people I often take advantage of, treat bad or don’t acknowledge how important they are in my life because of my own selfishness and insecurity. Life is good and I need to take very moment I can to remember that and appreciate the gifts I have been given.”