I recently took a step back into the past…my past. I went back to my homeland of Vietnam. I have taken this trip many times before but this time I landed in this magical land with a new perspective and I was amazed by what I saw, heard and experienced.
Recently I have grown as a human being. I have found a stride in terms of learning about myself that has opened my eyes to the connections all around me…one of those connections that are becoming crystal clear is the connection to my past. I am now very acutely aware of the fact that who I am today is rooted in who I was yesterday. Our experiences are the sum of who we are and my life has been an ebb and tide of experiences that have recently become a tidal wave of self-discovery.
Vietnam is a place deeply anchored in tradition. I grew up in these traditions hardly realizing that, as I was raised by, not only my parents but a vast diverse group of family members, tradition was always at the forefront of our lives. My trip to Vietnam this time showed me different aspects of my past as it came crashing into who I am today. I spoke with my father’s brother who told me stories of our past that I had never heard before. I suddenly discovered things about my father, for instance, that deepens who he was and why he chose to make the decisions that he did. His decisions, after all, and a tremendously amount of luck literally saved the lives of my family and others and made it possible for me to be here today writing this blog. As I spoke to my Uncle I realized one universal truth…who we are is who we have been and who we become is seeded in how we handle all of that history.
My question for you to answer for yourself today is….how are you handling your history? Are you taking pride in your story…because we all have one and it is deeply connected to our failures and successes in our lives.
In the coming months I intend to challenge each and every one of you to think about your lives…where have you been, where are you headed, how are you getting there? My own path to “now” has been long and arduous BUT…I’ve made it to this very moment in time. Traveling back to my homeland this past week has allowed me to see some of the connections that I have to the world from which I came and the world within which I now live…these two worlds now, in my mind, complement each other and are part of the sum that allows me now to help you find your connections.
I will share more of my trip to Vietnam in the coming weeks. My insights are vast and I know that I am duty bound to share these insights with others….
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com