Lessons learned from life’s “ticking” moments

April 24, 2023

I came to the US almost nine years ago with a working permit, my family and tons of dreams and excitement of a new cool job and new adventures ahead. Six months later I was rocked by the news of an impending layoff, leaving me with just three months to find new employment before my work permit expired. I was facing challenges that I never experienced before, I was totally unsure on how everything was going to work out. The clock was “ticking”.

At the end, things worked out. I secured a job and a new visa, and I was embarking again into new adventures.  One day I learned about this non-profit, “Rising Above the Storms” dedicated to helping children live their happiest lives. It was founded by Alphonsine Anderson, and it struck me how someone can go through life changing situations and then find a passion in helping kids to be happy. To be kids.

This organization reminded me of the joy I saw in my son’s everyday life while going to school, playing soccer and just being a kid. That also made me reflect on some of the things I learned while the clock was “ticking”. Things that I wanted my son to learn since they will help him through life.

  • You have to overcome challenges in life and enjoy the ride.
  • Small actions can significantly impact the world.
  • The world is filled with good people ready to extend their help.

I realized I wanted to contribute to a cause for children lacking the opportunities my son has and, probably, without someone guiding them through their lives. I decided to become a sponsor with “Rising Above the Storms” aiming to give back a portion of the good in my life. Remember, “small actions can significantly impact the world”.

After being a sponsor for more than 5 years, I’ve seen how “Rising Above the Storms” has grown and positively impacted so many kids in getting scholarships, counseling, and even soccer shoes to play football. Getting hope.

A couple of months ago, I received an invitation from Alphonsine to join her mission more closely. What a big honor! Now, I will be leading the marketing efforts for this incredible non-profit, and I’m excited to make a difference along with an amazing group of people. Remember, “the world is filled with good people ready to extend their help”.

As I embark on this new role, I invite you to reflect on your life’s challenging moments, how you overcome them and consider how you can bring hope to others so they can also enjoy the ride of their lives. If you want to learn more, you can comment on this blog or reach out to me directly. I’d love to share how even the smallest act can ripple through the world with immense force.

A simple donation means a lot. Please donate.

Sergio Licea, RAS Marketing Director