BY NORA YACOUBIAN
Too often we become complacent, and allow ourselves to fall into a state of indifference, finding it easier not to to care so much, not to get involved.
Sitting around at nonproductive meetings and criticizing what can be, or what should be, becomes a social pastime for some.
And yet, others hear the beat of drums..the drums that beckon us towards the homeland. The soft whispers from within that lure us back to where it all began.
We are once again invigorated with a new sense of determination and energy. Differences are set aside, and a sense of purpose takes on a new life of its own.
It is not about self- promotion or glory. It is about love of country and nation, with all its struggles and shortcomings.
On my most recent visit to Yerevan, I was able to feel and witness this positive energy. The Diasopran youth, working hand in hand with the locals, to bring about change and encourage many others to follow in their footsteps.
University students, as well as graduates, choosing to leave behind their comfortable lives to spend endless days, researching, organizing, networking for a better Armenia, not allowing negative or sensationalized headlines to deter them. Eager faces pouring into the “arrivals” area at Zvartnots airport, but soon to leave with heavy hearts as the bid their farewells to old friends and new.
The representatives of Armenian Youth Federation’s Youth Corps, Vache Thomassian and Vrej Harutounian worked diligently to ensure that we would have yet another successful year. They visited the sites at Gyumri and Stepankert, making sure that all was in place. Endless months of preparing with the rest of the “AYF Team” back home resulted in an overwhelming amount of participants this year.
Their enthusiasm is contagious! They never missed an opportunity to promote or offer solutions to existing problems. Every hurdle became a challenge that they tried to resolve. They worked collectively, as one unit, rolling up their sleeves and immersing themselves into the everyday life in Armenia.
It seems not too long ago that I was present at a standing-room-only auditorium, listening to Armenian Revolutionary Federation late Bureau Chairperson, Unger Hrair Maroukhian’s mesmerizing speech “Tebi Yergir.”
The spirit of Tebi Yergir has been resurrected by a dedicated group of young AYF members, along with several ARF members that embrace our homeland.
Their commitment and actions are their testimonial.
The whispers within grow louder and louder…