Greetings Clark College! Drew Hunthausen, Blind Inspirational Speaker

Greetings Clark College! Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to a wonderful group of students, faculty, and others at Clark College in Vancouver Washington. From the time we landed across the river in Portland on Monday with our luggage, which was almost waiting for us as we approached baggage claim, to the warm welcome at the college, to the fabulous lunch with my uncle Denny before we boarded the plane for home on Tuesday, everything seemed to fall into place. I have to say that it is always refreshing to have a trip be so pleasant and go so flawlessly.

The next day after a good night’s sleep, a great cup of coffee, and a brief Uber ride, we arrived at Clark college for my presentation. I knew it was going to be a wonderful day as soon as we walked in the door and smelled deliciousness coming from their onsite bakery. After storing our luggage in one of the offices, my sister and I were taken to the room I would be speaking in. The sound and video guy, Mark, helped us get everything set up for my power point and a wireless mic set up for the presentation.

Before I knew it, I was standing behind the stage as one of our fine hosts, Rebecca, gave my introduction.

The presentation went very well, and what made it even more special was the presence of several students from Rebecca’s uncle’s nearby school for the blind. I had no idea that there would be a group of visually impaired kids attending and was so grateful for the opportunity to share my message with them as well.

My friends, I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity and wonderful hospitality I experienced yesterday at Clark college. It was very clear that some amount of thought and preparation went into the event. I have never been reminded so fervently how powerful the present day is, and I give thanks for every moment of these past couple of days.

I am also extremely grateful for my sister Chelsea. She is my right-hand person for these events as well as a great friend. There is no way these events would be so successful and go so smoothly if not for her. We do make a great team and I sincerely look forward to the opportunity of being invited back to Clark college again soon.

I am very grateful not only for Chelsea, but for all those who have been a part of my journey. None of us can do life alone, and when we can learn the lessons of the past, plan responsibly for the future, but live in the gift of the present, only the best is yet to come!

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