My father left Cuba when he was around 9 years old. He, his brother, and his parents had to leave everything behind: family, toys, and even photographs. I am sure it must have been hard for them. After years of effort, they had to start over from scratch. Not an easy thing to do.
A couple of decades later, my father and his brother have been able to go through college and even graduate school, have traveled all over the world, and have given their parents a total of six grandchildren. His brother has actually become one of the top managers at the company he works for.
When I think of this, I just have to wonder: would they have been able to accomplish so much if they had stayed in Cuba? Would they have been able to get so far if their parents had been afraid of starting over? Sometimes, we are so bound to what we already know and enjoy, that we are afraid of change. We must, of course, treasure the blessings we have. But we must be careful not to let them cloud the far better blessings just waiting for us to find them.
I have come to Minnesota to complete a PhD in Computer Science, leaving all of my family (except for my wife of course) and friends in Puerto Rico. I am certainly beginning to miss their company, but when I look ahead at all the opportunities that await for me here, I am encouraged to go on. I am reminded of how my father's family decided to go for something new, took the risk, and reaped the benefits.