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If you think there’s a chance you can make a dent, GO. – Seth Godin

A few weeks ago I had the great fortune to hear a talk by Seth Godin, Marketing Consultant to the Stars. OK, that’s not his official moniker, but the guy is brilliant. His brilliance struck me not in a “here’s how you make more money” or “here’s how you become famous” way.

He opened my eyes, my mind, my heart – to go. For a long time I’ve been sitting at the station waiting. Waiting for someone, anyone, to give me my itinerary. Waiting for someone chart my trip for me. Standing there holding the bat as pitch after pitch went by, not swinging only hoping that I would get walked to my next destination. No risk involved.

That’s all changed. It’s about risk. It’s about getting something done so much larger than myself. It’s about getting off the bench, getting on the train, and going. Though I don’t know the exact destination, and perhaps I never will.

Don’t ask permission.

They aren’t going to notice the talent you think you have.

They aren’t going to pave the road for you.

They aren’t going to tell you how to reach your creative potential.

You are.

Even if you don’t know where the road it taking you. Jump on the train and go. Rub shoulders with strangers and go with them.

I can’t wait to see you on the journey.


Friday was blog action day.  A day for bloggers around the world to come together and raise awareness about the need for clean water.  I was excited join in to over 5,500 other voices to bring a voice to those who have to walk miles, everyday, for unclean water.

Then life happened.  And for a bunch of reasons I didn’t even fire up my computer that day.  And I missed my chance.  My beautifully written blog post went silent.

Then I realized this day wasn’t about me.  And clean water still maters.  Everyday.  Clean water is still so far out of reach of so many.  And my voice is still needed.  And yours it too.

It’s about the 38,000 children a week, yes a WEEK, who die from unclean drinking water and unsanitary living conditions.  It’s about how everything I interact with in my comfortable, easy life, comes back to the clean water that I have and don’t even think about.  How so much water is used to make my clothes, my latte, building materials… everything.

Be informed about those a world away.   But don’t stop there.  Act.  Use what you have – time, talents, money, your voice – and be a vehicle of change.  Change to help those who so desperately need clean water.

Clean water still maters.  And will continue to matter until everyone, 1.1 billion people, have adequate access to clean drinking water.

Clean water still matters.

Water still matters.

It still matters.

As of late I have become a documentary junkie.  Give me a good turn-what-you-thought-about-the-world-on-its-ear story and I’m hooked.  Inspired to act.  I’ve hopped on the Food, Inc. bandwagon (and if you haven’t hopped on, it’s totally worth the ride) and seen a smattering of films that beg my eco-consciousness to broaden (check out No Impact Man).  I’ve watched films that bring you into the heart of the less fortunate. Pulling you in, for just a moment, to their world.  At which point you see, we are all human and whether we wear a suit or a hole-ridden t-shirt that hasn’t see a laundry machine in weeks, we have the same basic needs.

For those films, I’ve been the student.  Arriving to class, in my living room, awaiting the professor’s well thought out finished product.

Through the instant community of social media and the internet, I’ve had the good fortune to met one of my neighbors.  An aspiring professor in the documentary university.  Someone who is at the precipice of exposing sustainable hope in Haiti.

My neighbor is embarking on the journey to bring a project called Hands That Feed to life.  It is a documentary that aims to highlight the hope that exists in Haiti.  Human ingenuity that will break the cycle of the past through young people who have a fire of hope in their chest.

Through a random meeting with a neighbor in this digital community, I can impact lives a world away.  Join me as I spread the word that assistance comes when we partner with our brothers and sisters.  A partnership that doesn’t start and stop with aid, but transforms lives, expects much, and empowers.

Learn about the project.  Spread the word.  Support the effort.  Be inspired to act.

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