Some people cannot sit idly by while issues of paramount importance to them are being discussed and debated in the halls of Government. There are those who walk among us that stand up and make brave sacrifices so the rest of us can reap the rewards of their sacrifice as we comfortably go about our days.
This weekend in Washington, DC, an organized demonstration began that has the potential to alter the course of humanity. Yes, it’s that important. I hope you will take a few minutes to read about it and honor the sacrifice that others are making this very minute on our collective behalf.
Today, a project that I’ve been working on diligently for the past month is coming to life in a big way. It started when 7 year old Devon Haas, founder and leader of the ‘Kids Army‘ tweeted me after the Yellowstone River tar sands oil spill in early July asking ‘what can we do about this?’
I just smiled – knowing what was coming down the line. The Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline permit is scheduled to either be issued or denied this Fall, and we have a chance to send the message that we don’t need or want this dirty, toxic oil flowing through the US heartland.
My friend Nathan who I met back in the Summer of 2010 said something to me then that has stuck with me ever since:
‘It’s always nice to meet other passionate, energetic people who like to not just talk, but do things.’
This really resonated with me, and it gave me a boost of confidence during a challenging time that I was going through. It turned out the friendships that formed during this period of my life enabled Spirit of the Gulf Coast to become a reality and for many positive changes to take place as a result. Doing things in this context is something that I continually aspire to, especially when they help make the world a better place to live.
I have always prided myself on ‘doing things’ that many people think are crazy, irrational, impractical, dangerous, etc. This is what makes me feel alive. These are the things that bring joy to my life, and often the lives of others. I’ve come to realize lately that although many of my adventures are done as part of my own personal journey, they have affected many others, some of which I don’t even know about. Btw, if you missed my last post on the 2010 recap, it has a quick summary of the highlights that you can check out here. Read more…