Set The World Aflame

3 Jun

If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to your city?  What if you only had 20 slides and they rotated automatically every 15 seconds?

Having spent four glorious years at Boston College, 1 thought permeated through my thought process every day and has continued into the present and future. Whether I have truly embodied the notion is debatable, but I look forward to embracing the notion of “setting the world aflame” from now on. Boston College, and many other colleges, were established with Jesuit teachings. Saint Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) is present in statue form in a quad in front of Higgins, the science building.

Saint Ignatius’s motto was “Ite, inflammate omnia.” – “Go set the world aflame” – his parting words to Francis Xavier who was carrying the Gospel to the East. This is the charge you receive as you begin your experience at Boston College. One could say that his ideals stressed that each person has their own vocation, and they have to determine what that is. Looking back at my first days at Boston College, I can truly understand what this motto meant and have begun to take the gift of  my education and carry it to great places throughout the world.

This past Tuesday, I felt that this mantra was carried out to its highest capacity at the inaugural Ignite Miami. People came together to share insights, life lessons, and a sense of a community. The speaker that resonated most with me was JennyLee Molina. She had some great things to say:

  • Live life with intention.
  • Use the gifts you have. One of the gifts you have is time; use it to your advantage. 
  • Be purposeful.
  • Do what you love, do what you believe in.
  • “Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again”
  • Life is short, you never know.

What is Ignite?

“Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It’s a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.  And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.”

If you had 5 minutes on stage, what would you say?

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