Some people fight their way onto a world stage to make a difference. For others, the stage comes to them.
Jenny Horne is the latter. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know South Carolina State Rep. Jenny Horne, and I actually thought to myself, “Wow this woman is articulate, thoughtful and very wise. I find it interesting that she chooses to spend her energy at the state house level in South Carolina rather than a bigger stage so to speak.”
I am not one for politics, so I have to admit I didn’t give much more thought to the matter than simply to question what motivates people.
However, what Ms. Horne taught me this week is the importance of showing up and waiting for the right moment. The Washington Post coverage of Horne’s passionate speech over the removal of the Confederate flag illustrates how just maybe the universe was waiting for her to have this moment all along.
Her words could be heard as she is on the inside as a native South Carolinian and a voice already in the state legislature. While the Confederate flag arguably meant more to Jefferson Davis than any other person on the planet before or since, Ms. Horne, as a direct descendant of Jefferson Davis, had a unique voice and perspective that proved worth hearing.
Horne was heard not only by her fellow representatives and by her governor, but as far as I can tell, she was also heard by the whole nation. Most important to me, Ms. Horne was heard by my children. They were awed by her speech and its immediate and important impact.
Coincidentally, I have had the quirky fortune to meet many famous people or people in the limelight.It was interesting for me to note how my children were more excited to know that I have met Ms. Horne than a famous comedian or musician. I hope they too will find their moment in history.
Too often I think of the game of life from the perspective of a basketball or soccer player, always on, always pushing. Yet this week I gained a new respect for football’s placekickers and baseball’s pinch hitters in life who are well prepared and skillful, yet waiting for their moment to shine, like Rep. Horne.
As we build Savannah’s innovative economy and develop companies in software, wearable technology, patented products, virtual reality, medical devices, etc., everyone has an important skill to offer, be it a spotlight role as the primary code developer, or in support roles such as management, investment, product testing, scaling, distribution, financing and more.
I wonder what position you’re holding. Are you present and engaged so you will know when to stand up? Are you prepared for what you will say and how you will contribute? I hope so.
I know now everyone’s role has the potential to make a big difference.
Bea Wray is the executive director of The Creative Coast, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the creative and entrepreneurial community within the region. Wray can be reached at 912-447-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org