Robin Williams truly helped the world.
I just got done speaking at Berkeley to a group who wanted to find the right volunteer opportunity. And yet on the way… we talked too about being able to serve right now.
Problems are nothing but wake-up calls for creativity - Gerhard Gschwandtner
You might be facing a problem, a roadblock, some devastating news. However, I know one thing for sure — if you are reading this blog, you’re here to jump over it.
Two Million Children.
Two Million Children every year are involved in something.
And they don’t want to be.
And it’s something that they should never see.
They are the countless number of children lured by economic opportunities. Or family pressure. Or they are simply taken by force. They are the children who are sold into the sex trade.
That is not something that I like to write about.
I’d rather focus on all the joyful children and helping them live normal lives. Many of them are in good families, and simply don’t have enough food. Many are in safe neighborhoods and don’t have the means to go to school. That is “fun” to help or “light” philanthropy. It’s good, and it’s what most of us do. If you want to help, you can do so now:
Volunteer with Greenheart Travel’s India Education Project
Gift the joy of sports with Nepal Orphans Home’s Sports Package
Volunteer with Children in China
Support Teen Girls in New Orleans
But if you are willing to get into some uncomfortable territory…then children all over the world will thank you. The 50% of trafficked children who exist in Asia. The 100,000 Nepali girls that work in Indian brothels (keep in mind “only” 12,000 have been trafficked; for the rest it is just the norm). And yes, in our backyard, the runaways. According to the National Runaway Switchboard, 1/3 of all runaways become involved in exploitation within two days of being on the street. It’s ugly to hear that in the U.S. it happens.
It shouldn’t. Thank you for going there with me today, in a blog that strives to focus on the positive for Living and Giving. I hope you will help bring peace to some child and their family today.
Share Your Time with Children of the Night
Help Spread The Word: The V Sign
Protect A Girl From A Life On The Streets
Support access to free GED
Photo credit (in order):
Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
James Jin, Village Children, Guangdong, China
Miszpinay, Quiapao Children
Liquid is working hard.
That’s what happens when you try to set up shop, a complex online network, in Africa.
“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with out life.”
Every one, every activity and task we do, should be excellent. Don’t take an endeavor lightly:
- Either you are building a company or watching TV.
- Having family dinner with your friends or eating a powerbar in the car.
- Writing a book or reading a gossip magazine.
- Organizing your home or letting the compost pile up.
- Giving the postman a smile, or ignoring her.
Everything COUNTS. Every one of your activities can reflect excellence!
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco—my own “home sweet home”. He was the co-founder and CEO of Apple and was incredibly influential in the technology sector, revolutionizing how we interact with technology and computers. Although Jobs started his adulthood with little direction, he soon discovered that he could be truly excellent in the field of technology and business. After traveling the world and working for Atari, Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. The duo created a product and business model that allowed the average American to have access to a computer. Tragically, Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 at 56 years old. He has left us with a legacy of hard work, creativity, and dedication to one’s goals.
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
We all know Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” But what Patrick Henry’s rousing call points to is that our nation had to face either being killed and put down, in slavery and under the helm of another country…. or pay the price of being free.
We paid the price. He did. Our forefathers, foremothers and forechildren all gave their lives… and so we have our own life today, in a beautiful and free country.
What liberty will you fight for? What is so “dear and sweet” to you– that you must preserve for your future children?
Born in 1736, Patrick Henry became governor of Virginia and an American leader in the struggle for freedom. He also served in the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress. This quote came from a speech he gave in 1775 that appealed for citizens’ rights to bear arms. Patrick Henry dedicated his life to securing total freedom for the American people. He was instrumental in the adoption of the Bill of Rights so that individuals’ rights across America would be protected so that future generations would know freedom.