When I first met Rebecca five years ago at my last company where we worked, there was an almost instantaneous connection. I knew right off the bat that she was capable, smart, dependable, and most of all - kind. Within a couple weeks, I was comfortable enough sit down with her and engage in deep conversation in a matter of minutes. Our topics covered almost everything: women's rights, personal relationships, social responsibility, dark chocolate... it's not every day I find someone I connect with on such a meaningful level.
Today, I consider Rebecca one of my closest lifelong friends, a mentor whom I could always admire and look up to, and a partner at Jezuba whom I am proud to work with. Rebecca has not only inspired me to think creatively of ways I can give back and to step out of my comfort zone, but she has also consistently believed in me - especially during times when I didn't have faith in myself.
I've always believed that the best things in life are not seen, but felt. Rebecca's continuous faith in me was enough to propel me into becoming a stronger, more resilient, and more compassionate person - even in the worst circumstances when it was the hardest to feel empathy. My friendship with Rebecca has continued to empower me to this day, and I have no doubt it will continue to do so for the rest of our lives. Though we may just be two individuals on this planet of 7 billion, I believe that spreading this sort of faith and compassion, whether it's towards one person or a hundred, can have a much more significant impact that we think. With that sentiment, I too hope to make such a lasting impact on another person's life, whether it's through a fast friendship or our work at Jezuba.
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."