Wild and Precious Life

This information came from my son at UVA. I thought it was very cool!
In 2007, Harvard’s MBA program did a survey on their graduates–900 people who are without a doubt some of the very best budding business minds in the world, some very driven people. This is the question they were asked: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
There were lots of cool answers, some pretty fascinating ones, such a wide range of personalities and hopes and dreams…some said they plan to change the world and eradicate poverty, some said they wanted to make their millions, some said they just wanted to enjoy life and make their families happy. One answer in particular is worth reprinting here. It came from an African American woman Heather McLetchie-Leader, 2007 Harvard MBA graduate:

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

“We are blessed to be blessings. I almost didn’t make it. At 17 I dropped out of high school and by 19, teenage motherhood stood poised to knock me even further out of the game. yet somehow–miraculously–it all worked out. Now, more than anything, I want to be a blessing. Professionally, that means providing at-risk youth with the educational tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, giving them the chance that someone made sure I had. Personally it means serving wherever I see need, whether it be running a make-shift farmacia in Siuna, Nicaragua, leading a team of relief workers in Tarboro, North Carolina, or being a Big Sister in Dorchester, Massachussetts. I am a product of amazing grace and I will bring out that grace in others, empowering them to be the people God created them to be. I will love and love fully, without fear. I will laugh often, and loudly, without shame. I wil l be a virtuous wife and will bear my man of God happy, healthy, precocious children who will love the Lord as much as their parents do. I will touch lives. I will nurture dreams. I will be a blessing.”

–Heather McLetchie-Leader, hmcletchieleader@mba2007.hbs.edu

So, Barbara, what will you do with your one and precious life? And you, my friend, what will you do with your one and precious life?
I am pondering my answer… It will more than likely be the topic of an upcoming post.


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