My first encounter with this quote was in 2008. Isolated from Senator (at the time) Obama’s full commencement address at Wesleyan University, it left me inspired to listen to his full address. The message was so powerful, just one year out of undergrad I was able to think about what I wanted to frame my degree with. Sure I had passions—music, fashion, public relations—but I started to think about what I was hitching my wagon to. I wanted to create a career that would use my passions for the betterment of humankind. Coming from a family deeply rooted in service, it was second nature for me to find programs and causes to serve. A Howard alumnae, truth & service is my motto.  As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  I have intentionally committed my life to a service to all mankind.

Not until I became a mentor with Blue Nile Passage, Inc. a rites-of-passage program out of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, was the true meaning of this quote fully realized. Surely, it is when my wagon was hitched to the development and advancement of those young people that I realized my true potential.

Hitching your wagon does not mean dedicating your career to service, or as President Obama said in his speech “You don’t have to be a community organizer or do something crazy like run for President.” Hitching your wagon is doing what you can, where you can. There are so many ways to serve and so much need all around us. Hitching your wagon is being intentional about making your corner of the world better.

How to hitch your wagon?

Donate your time to a person, project, or cause that could never repay you.
– Mentor a Child
– Volunteer
– Ask people how they are doing and really allow for them to share. Be in the moment with them
– Help someone who you notice struggling

Offer your energy to a cause that’s near to your heart.
– Organize a fundraiser for a cause you believe in
– Walk/ Run a 5K that brings awareness to that cause
– Find a candidate that promotes policies you believe in, find a way to help them
– Slow down. Smile.

Share your resources–financial, network, and/or skill set to advance another.
– If you’re in a position to financially help a cause, do it.
– Rally your network to get behind something you believe in
– Use your skills to help someone progress—build a website, edit a resume, make a connection

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  1. Michelle Hampton February 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm Reply

    i am truly blesed that I am among the human beings you choose to share who you truly are with. Wow. Let your light shine, child!

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