It is Monday, the last official one of 2014. I am writing this before I do my podcast because I need to stop crying long enough to be able to speak. But they are tears of good, not sorrow.
Aja Brown and Andea Pauline are two ROCK STARS you need to know about!
I am getting excited about 2015 - are you? I've spent a very long time in this kind of 'zone' of someday. Waiting for a lot of different things - some that are in my control and some not so much. It is starting to feel like someday is finally becoming NOW.
If you want to hear more than read, listen and hopefully download! the podcast. Below are the links and videos I'll be talking about today. It is going to be a GOOD Podcast, I have a feeling!
I've just seen so many inspirational things the last few days I am bursting to share them! Here are the videos I played some of the audio in the podcast:
This is the Matthew West song, "Do Something." He got the story from Andrea Pauline who helped found the Musana Orphanage but is now a development center. She did something.
This is the link to the orphanage renamed Musana Community Development Center who GETS it by moving away from the idea of 'charity' (which is valuable at the right time) and is becoming more self-sustaining. There is no greater gift than self-empowerment.
Our desire is that Musana not be a charity, but rather a social business that is completely owned and run by the local community of Iganga. Musana website
Having been on the receiving end of charity for a while now it is MUCH more empowering when I can earn my way by contributing in the give/receive model. I think we need to learn both and having spent most of my life focused on what I thought others needed by giving and becoming the one who needs has been eye and heart opening.
I've come to believe we would all benefit from a stint as homeless and hungry. Not because we deserve to be punished, but because it is the fastest way to remember what is important and how we are meant to love our neighbors.
And lastly, here is the story of Aja Brown of Compton, CA who became mayor at the age of 31. What isn't mentioned in the news clip is how she has brought the gangs together to call a truce. We've all heard of the "Bloods & Crips" - she's got them meeting weekly. WOW.
She did something too!
Are you ready to make 2015 the year you 'do something?" What I believe is even more important is that 2015 is the year you choose to BE SOMETHING Great!