It has been one of those interesting weeks when I had to accomplish more with less time on my hands. It was also a week with excited news from friends here and there who shared with me the miracles that are happening in their lives. It was really inspiring.
A few days ago I was contacted by an Executive Director of an organization downtown letting me know that they were putting together an event this Sunday that they called “Victim Commemoration Ceremony”. They needed an MC for the event, and I agreed to work with them even though it was a last minute deal.
I have done tons of events in the past, but it was my first time dealing with such a sensitive subject. I am used to having fun out there making people laugh, this time I did not really know how to deal with it. Fortunately, when I met the organizers, they told me that, even though they were going to talk about victims of violence, it won't be like a funeral. There will be time for fun as well.
Sunday morning, I was ready. The first part of the event was really fun. They had invited a 12 year old rapper named Lil JZ (who once performed with Drake), a Band from Mauritius (a great opportunity for me to show my moves...not really! Lol) and other entertainers as well.
After (as far as I am concerned) what I called the main event, namely lunch, it was time for serious stuff. They had invited survivors of violence (of any kind) to share their stories. Oh boy. There were tears in the room (including mine). It was incredible what these people went through. Some of them it was the first time they shared with a big group of people. It was quite an emotional moment.
I left the event around 4pm with my friend Jim who came to support me. I couldn't stop thinking about the stories I heard. They really put things in perspective for me, especially in regards to the challenges we face. Whatever we are going through, there are people who went through worse and survived. The event made me so thankful for my life, and gave me hope that whatever will happen to me, I will come out victorious like the people I heard, if I keep the faith.
So my friend, whatever you are facing now, keep in mind that it could be worse, above all don't worry. It is just a phase. Brighter days are ahead of you.
Moral of the story? Do you want to invite me to host your event? Just make sure the lunch is provided and it will be an emotional event.
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