Saturday, May 25, 2013

So Close, Yet So Far

It’s so easy it is to be an hour, an ocean, and seemingly a world apart.

The good of that, is that examples of progress and tomorrow’s opportunities are not far away.  The bad part is that the state of a community in one area can be deceivingly positive, where a nearby village or area can be devastatingly poor and desolate.
In Kigali, Rwanda, the city flourishes, that doesn't not mean all the people of Rwanda do. In Addis Ababa, a stay at the Sheraton gives you a first rate, first-world experience of clean, blissful relaxation.  The same could be said about areas in the US and all over the world.  Although Addis is a fabulous place, the farther out from there you go, the more desperate the situation is.
This is the most resounding lesson from doing work in developing countries. In our world, things are not always as good as they seem, and they are not always as bad as they seem.  
There's usually a different scenario nearby, or in the not too distant future. It may be better; it may be worse.  In addition, things are defined as terrible, bad, good or awesome relative to the environment you are in.  
To make as big of an impact on your life, family or business as possible, don't sit idly by in bliss in your great world; don't sit and pout about how tough things are, and don't get too comfy with things being 'good enough'.
Go looking for what is happening around you, and use that to gain perspective, be a better person, make smarter choices, and at the very least, to have empathy and avoid being blindsided.  A change or the inspiration to make a difference are often closer than we think.


  1. Poignantly put, well said. Appreciate the perspective and reminder.

  2. Amazing. Read about you tonight in fortune magazine. How is it that you achieved what you have, at such a young age? What thought motivated you?

  3. Kat, I was very impressed, moved and inspired by your appearance on Undercover Boss. I was home sick yesterday, so I caught up on a number of shows, including several UB episodes. You have style, class and are wise beyond your years. You were very genuine and empathetic yet at the same time you were tough and professional. Nice seeing your getting your hands dirty and dig deep for the company while at the same time connecting with and then helping others--those that will assuredly pay it forward and consider you a mentor to them as they continue with Cinnabon and their respective educational goals. Nice to see you and your Mom--so close-- and that you not only haven't forgotten, but have always remembered and learned from, your roots, upbringing and trials and tribulations. As a managment-side labor and employment attorney in NYC, I would love the opportunity to meet with you (and your team) and maybe work with you in serving Cinnabon's labor and employment needs. Best regards from the Big Apple, H