Presenter Q&A with Adiel Suarez-Murias: nurture the forces heading us in the right direction
// By Jacqueline Brennan
Q: If you could instantly become an expert on something, what would it be?
ASM: I really wish I could speed read, so I could just instantly absorb all of the books I want to read.
Q: What would you change if you could get a “do over” in your life?
ASM: Honestly, I don’t think I would change anything. It’s easy to say there are things I would do differently if I could do them over, but everything I’ve been through has brought me to where I am now, and I don’t regret any of that.
Q What’s a skill you have that you wish you could use more often?
ASM: Spanish was my first language. I wish I had more opportunities to speak it.
Q: When was the last time you were stuck in a rut, and what did you do to get out of it?
ASM: Everyone gets into a rut sometimes. When I do, I try to remind myself why I do the work I do. I think of all of the privilege and access I have, and all of the blessings in my life – and then I think about all of the people in the world who don’t have those things. And I remember that my purpose is to be of service, to do everything in my power to build a more just and inclusive world, one where everyone can thrive and be their whole self. Often, getting out of a rut is about getting back in alignment with your vision and values – and that’s mine.
Q: Is humanity headed in the wrong or right direction?
ASM: That’s a hard question. I think there are powerful forces that are moving us in the wrong direction. Greed, power, disconnection. But there are also forces that are pushing us in the right direction. I believe they’re growing stronger, but it’s up to us in this work to nurture those forces – love, justice, liberation – that are moving us toward connection with ourselves, each other, and the planet.
Understanding the Language of Democracy is happening Wednesday, November 13 from 3 – 4pm.
Adiel is also a member of the 2019 Independent Sector’s 2019 American Express NGen Fellows cohort, and will be co-presenting a workshop with the 2019 cohort, happening Thursday, November 14 from 10:45 – 11:30am.