There is a story that told about a father’s birthday gift to his 18 year old son. There was a father who had been searching for the perfect gift for his son’s birthday. He searched and searched for the gift that would express his love, dreams and ambitions for his son. He wanted something so special that his son wouldn’t soon forget the gift he received. Then one day while he was out looking he found it and it was perfect, it was the gift that said everything he wanted to say. So the father so excited about the gift hand wrapped the gift himself and put a bright colored bow on it. When the son’s birthday came the father left the gift for him on the kitchen counter. When the son came down stairs that day and saw the gift sitting on the counter he rushed over and ripped the wrapping off and opened the package and almost immediately a wave of disappointment came over him and then he began to get down right angry because the gift wasn’t what he expected, it wasn’t what he felt he deserved. Before his father arrived home he began to complain about the gift to his siblings, to his friends and to anyone who would listened. He was upset and decided he would share his feelings with his father. Later that evening when the father returned home he couldn’t wait to see what the son thought of the gift. To the Father’s surprise his son was very disappointed with the gift. The father began to explain the gift choice to his son. He said, Son I know that the gift may not be what you expected, it may not be what you wanted but it’s MY gift to you. I didn’t choose the gift on what you wanted or expected, what I gave you was not what you wanted or expected but I gave you what you needed because in giving you what you need expresses my love, my ambition, my hope for you.
I am a native Washingtonian who loves the city. I will say it’s not the political scene or the politicians or even the policies that come from here. I love it as being a vibrant and beautiful city. In my heart I am a city dude. The picture you see is the view of the city I grew up seeing. You might think this is the view from Northwest or Southwest but actually it is the view from Southeast. Don’t let anyone fool you, the best part of the city is the sleeping giant called Southeast. Can you believe that this is the view from one of the most economically challenged parts of the city. There is a line in a song that says “It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at” I will say that where you are from and where you are both relevant to where you are going. So yes, it really is location, location, location. It’s where you’re from, where you are, and where you are headed. Learn to love and appreciate the location, location, location.