Her first name’s Alicia – Tidwell’s her last,
Been to Camp Joy twice in the past.
Where she learned to see things through a different lens,
And gained some knowledge and met some new friends!
First as a child from the inner city,
Saw a new environment – woods so pretty!
Intermingling with Caucasians was novel, too,
Everyone was nice – lots of fun things to do.
Fast-forward the clock – five decades or so,
Back to Camp Joy Alicia did go…
As a member of Cincy’s Leadership Action Team,
(It was raining and muddy – was this a bad dream?)
“I don’t like to get dirty – the tasks were outside,
But I decided to participate – not curl up and hide…”
Had to step way out of her comfort zone,
Feared being lost in the woods and on her own…
“We won’t let you fail nor leave you behind!”
Team leaders assured bringing her peace of mind.
She slipped and slid – the mud she endured,
No one’s ever seen Alicia so unmanicured!
So how did Camp Joy help Alicia to see,
Nature? People? Leaders – much differently?
“I learned THEN what I KNOW now…
Lessons moved from head-to-my-heart somehow.”
…nature’s beautiful – purposeful and fine,
And connects me to God, my infinite divine!
…folk are just folk – no matter color or creed –
They all have the same identical needs…
…to be valued and listened to and treated, you see,
With acceptance and kindness and dignity…
…anyone can be given the title of ‘boss,’
But one is very fortunate if they come across…
…A leader who won’t leave one in the dust,
That’s the type of leader one can trust!
For the aforementioned learnings, she gives thanks,
They boosted her up corporate career ranks…
And helped her be the woman she is today,
Who makes a difference in lives in various ways…
She ran a mentor program at her former workplace,
Treated her mentees with respect, love and grace.
She dubs herself a “dealer of hope,”
Professionally she has a new sequence and scope…
She now helps others see things differently,
By being a consultant for diversity…
She guides building cultures with genuine inclusion,
Banishing indifference and hollow illusions.
Her goal for every single human interaction,
Is that when people part – there’ll be the satisfaction…
Of each being better because of their meeting,
Due to what was shared between “Hi/Good-by” greetings.
For offering boundless encouragement,
Alicia will earn the praise, “That’s a life well spent!”
Alicia is empowering – and a woman empowered,
Believes life’s to be loved and cherished and devoured!
She enjoys each moment – is filled with gratitude,
And views obstacles with a visionary attitude!
She’s quick to give credit to her mom and dad,
“The best parents a kid could ever have!”
We proudly claim her as a Camp Joy repeat,
In our book, Alicia Tidwell, cannot be beat!
It’s often said, “Third time’s the charm!”
Joy would welcome her back with wide-open arms!