Caption: Me attending Essence Fest in NOLA for the first time earlier this year.
I’m sitting here at O’Hare Airport, waiting to board my flight to New Orleans, LA. This will be my second trip ever to New Orleans.
Last year, my husband and I said that we wanted to spend our anniversary in New Orleans. Our anniversary is February 24th. For whatever reason, it didn’t work out.
Fast forward a few more months, and we realized that not only would we travel to New Orleans during the 4th of July Weekend, but we’d do so on a sponsored trip, because our film was selected to screen at Essence Fest! Had we gone for our anniversary, the trip would have been nice, but we would not have experienced the VIP treatment that we did which included: running into Ava DuVernay at a restaurant, seeing Kevin Hart kick off his What Now? Tour and seeing one of our favorite groups Maze & Frankie Beverly live.
Patience is one of the most important virtues and it is also the one that I honestly struggle with the most. I remember being so sad that our NOLA Anniversary plans didn’t pan out, but the thing about patience is that it is a TEST of our faith. God knows best, and if we trust him, he will show up and show out.
This week, I’m headed back to NOLA on a sponsored trip, to participate in the A Gathering of Leaders Conference, which will have over 400 nonprofit leaders, foundation leaders and activist, all grappling with some of our communities toughest issues: the relationship between community and police, racial equity in the non-profit sector and good old fashion networking.
Whatever you’re waiting for… trust me, if it doesn’t work out, just wait for it… it’s coming!