Markus Zusak said something in his Margaret A. Edwards acceptance speech that really resonated with me: “Follow your vision completely. Follow it and do not stop.
Zusak was speaking specifically about writers sticking to the story they know they want to write, but I think those words have relevance to youth services practitioners, too. When we have ideas for excellent services, motivation for changes that will motivate our communities, etc., we need to follow those visions. We need to put our energy and focus into making these transformative visions happen. We need to trust that we are taking our institutions in a good direction and see change and ideas to full fruition. That’s when amazing things happen.
What an exceptional reminder to stay the course and do those amazing things.