Service: The focus of community

Angela Richardson

Angela Richardson (FL ’15), performance analyst, public works and assets, Louisville Metro Government

Focus, is defined as a main purpose or interest. The focus here is service. You don’t have to be a leader to serve, only a caring citizen and advocate for the greater good of community. Are you a change maker, a visionary? Do you have the desire to go above and beyond? Do you strive to be the change you wish to see in the world? Want to make a difference in your community? Are you civic minded? Drawn to social justice and equality? Do you yearn to have your voice heard? Then focus.

I wondered why I was chosen to participate in Focus Louisville, as I nervously entered the Frazier History Museum to partake in the festivities of day one. Some of you may have wondered the same? Cynthia Knapek, president of the Louisville Leadership Center, reminded us why, as she spoke on the importance of taking initiative. She summarized why we all were here, by stating, “At one point or another, each of you, was that single person in the room with their hand raised.”

We’re here because we stood up and took the initiative when no one else would. This is our duty. Focus Louisville is the cornerstone. They’ve laid the groundwork for us to become better citizens, as opposed to being just another resident. We are already equipped with compassion and all the other tools you need. It’s really up to each participant to execute the build. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Roll up your sleeves, be determined and get to work.

Although I was nervous coming into my experience with Focus Louisville, upon leaving this amazing program I felt immensely inspired. I cannot sum up my experience in one word but I can summarize it in one quote from a Louisville native and boxing legend. Muhammed Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”


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